Councillors in Malaga are studying ways to take action to stop private hire vehicles from companies like Uber and Cabify waiting close to airports, railway stations or shopping centres, ready to approach if a user calls them up over their phone app.
Private hire cars are not allowed to pick up business in the street but some linger near to busy buildings so as to show up as available to users searching for them. This is upsetting taxi drivers, who have the right to pick up passengers in the street. Uber recently started operating on the Costa del Sol and Cabify has increased its fleet size this summer.
Councillors and local police recently met with taxi-industry representative's to discuss a map which would show exclusion areas around a list of places that private hire vehicles can access but not wait close to.
The council has been working with the 1,432 taxi drivers to ensure their continued support after a strike was called last August partly in protest at the supposed lax policing of private hire cars.