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Spain: 'Very harmful to our work’ - Taxi drivers block Madrid's street to protest new government regulations 02:42

Spain: 'Very harmful to our work’ - Taxi drivers block Madrid's street to protest new government regulations 

Spain, Madrid
January 25, 2023 at 07:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of taxis were seen blocking the highway in Madrid on Tuesday, from the Plaza de Castilla to the Department of Transport, during a demonstration against the region’s President Isabel Diaz Ayuso and her new rules for their industry.

"We are demonstrating against the regulation that the president of the Community of Madrid wants to impose on taxis, we are totally against it because it is very harmful to our assets, to our work, to our families and above all to the day-to-day user," said one driver, Luis.

Footage shows the white taxi cabs parked bumper to bumper, beeping their horns, with police officers observing the protest. Local reports suggested thousands of drivers were taking part.

"[The new regulation] goes against the freedom of the worker, she (the president) wants to take away our day off, she wants to take away our right to rest, our right to have a family life," stated Jose Julian, another driver.

In December, the president announced the plans to allow taxis to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as letting users book a single seat in a shared cab. She claimed the move would increase earnings and create 3,000 new jobs, while the drivers claim it will put the industry in the hands of company bosses.

Spain: 'Very harmful to our work’ - Taxi drivers block Madrid's street to protest new government regulations 02:42
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Dozens of taxis were seen blocking the highway in Madrid on Tuesday, from the Plaza de Castilla to the Department of Transport, during a demonstration against the region’s President Isabel Diaz Ayuso and her new rules for their industry.

"We are demonstrating against the regulation that the president of the Community of Madrid wants to impose on taxis, we are totally against it because it is very harmful to our assets, to our work, to our families and above all to the day-to-day user," said one driver, Luis.

Footage shows the white taxi cabs parked bumper to bumper, beeping their horns, with police officers observing the protest. Local reports suggested thousands of drivers were taking part.

"[The new regulation] goes against the freedom of the worker, she (the president) wants to take away our day off, she wants to take away our right to rest, our right to have a family life," stated Jose Julian, another driver.

In December, the president announced the plans to allow taxis to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as letting users book a single seat in a shared cab. She claimed the move would increase earnings and create 3,000 new jobs, while the drivers claim it will put the industry in the hands of company bosses.