Spain - Taxi drivers protest against Uber - March 31, 2017

Taxi drivers in Barcelona and Madrid were set to strike in protest against the stance of public authorities that they believe favours unfair competition from multinational firms such as Uber and Cabify. Public transport is threatened by powerful lobbies that are seeking to remove the regulatory framework surrounding the taxi activities said the associations behind the strike in a statement. In late 2014, a court ordered Uber to stop operations in the country after a complaint from a taxi association that came in the wake of numerous protests from the sector. However, in mid-2015, the firm returned to Barcelona operating as a food delivery service known as Uber Eats. In March 2016, Uber made a comeback in the capital in the form of UberX which sees users put in touch with professional drivers holding passenger transport vehicle (VTC) licenses, which fall under different regulations from the taxi sector.

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