There was speculation about the possibility of the suspension of their services and, finally, there has been: Uber and Cabify have announced that they are leaving Barcelona. Both will do so this Friday, when the decree of the Generalitat de Catalunya that establishes new rules that they must adhere to comes into force.
The regulation promoted by the Catalan authorities, which partially includes the demands of the taxi sector, establishes that VTC platforms must implement a pre-hire time of at least 15 minutes, which can be extended to one hour by municipal or supra-municipal authorities, prohibits prior geolocation and circulation aimed at attracting customers.
In Spain, at the beginning of January, there were 65,657 taxi licenses and 13,125 VTC authorizations according to data from Development
For Cabify, this regulation has “as its sole objective, and therefore also as a final consequence, direct removal of the Cabify application and its collaborating companies in Catalonia and Barcelona. “From Uber, they are more restrained, although they point in the same line.” Given the restrictions on VTCs approved by the Catalan Government, we are forced to suspend the UberX service in Barcelona “, explained a company spokesman.
Faced with these events, we take a look to the rest of Spanish cities where Uber and Cabify continue to operate and we examine your situation. At the beginning of January, according to data from the Ministry of Development, at the state level there are 65,657 taxi licenses and 13,125 VTC authorizations.
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Uber and Cabify in the rest of Spain
Just take a look at the page dedicated to the cities in which Uber operates to realize that it is a giant worldwide and also Spanish. Although its VTC service does not work in all cities included.
In addition to developing its activity until this week in Barcelona, the Californian company provides its services in Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Córdoba, Granada and Malaga, including the Costa del Sol, a top tourist destination. In all of them they operate through the UberX service, a formula based on professional drivers and the controversial VTC licenses.
Subtracting Barcelona, both Uber and Cabify operate in six cities
The size of Cabify, on the Spanish map, is smaller than that of its direct rival. The Spanish company, in addition to being present until this Friday in Barcelona, develops its activity in Madrid, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Alicante and A Coruña. In all of them, like Uber, it works through tourist vehicle licenses with professional drivers and drivers.
The mood of cities
In Madrid, as we have been counting these days, taxi drivers they are still on indefinite unemployment after having followed in the footsteps of his Barcelona colleagues since last Monday, January 21.
Despite the successive meetings held with the Community of Madrid and the pressure developed through their protests, which collapsed with their IFEMA and Castellana vehicles, and then did the same while walking in the heart of the capital, the Madrid sector has not been able to carry out any of its demands. And the mobilizations continue without signs of immediate resolution.
The situation in other cities, despite the fact that taxi drivers are not developing strikes, is similar. In Valencia, the taxi sector has delivered a document with its proposals for the regulation of VTC to the Department of Vertebració del Territori de la Generalitat Valenciana. In this text they ask that the vehicles used by platforms such as Uber and Cabify must demand the hiring of their services with a minimum notice period of 12 hours.
In Seville, for the moment, they discard mobilizations such as those in Madrid and Barcelona in the short term, although they have held meetings with the municipal authorities to get the VTCs regulated in a similar way to Catalonia. The support of the Sevillian mayor to the taxi drivers, in fact, has annoyed the employers of the VTC who have charged against him. They call “reckless” the agreement reached between the council and the main taxi driver associations in the city to urge the Junta de Andalucía to have a future rule that regulates the VTC subject your services to a pre-contract period of between 30 and 60 minutes, being mandatory the return to base after providing the service.
The demands of Madrid, Valencian and Sevillian taxi drivers are common to the sector in the rest of Andalusia and in the rest of Spain, as was demonstrated on Monday, when taxi drivers from other parts of the country and even from Portugal approached the capital to make a demonstration. of strength. Although they did not achieve their purpose of continuing on the Paseo de la Castellana, after the eviction carried out by members of the National Police and the Municipal Police of Madrid, they have mobilized – this time on foot, not by taxi – concentrating in front of the headquarters of the PP, the PSOE and the Community of Madrid, and marching through the center of Madrid totally or partially cutting arteries such as the Gran Vía or the Paseo del Prado.