Catalonia regulates rental cars with driver (VTC)

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The Generalitat de Catalunya has approved a decree law that will put a little order in the situation of the transport in Barcelona, car rental with driver (VTC). Although Uber does not operate in Barcelona, yes it does Cabify, its main competitor in Spain.

Are pending adjudication -by court ruling – more than 3,000 licenses for VTC. With the aim of avoiding speculation, may only be transmitted to the license past two years from your award. There have been cases of acquiring a license for $ 40 and sell it for 60,000 in a short time.

Promotion also limited the transmission of licenses to two years

Of the 3,000 requests, 800 come from the same company of VTC. Recall that Cabify has no vehicles or drivers on the payroll, is the intermediary between the passengers and the companies that have cars, licenses, and drivers. The Catalan minister of Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull, considers that there is not room for both VTC and league that number to speculation of licenses.

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The tourism vehicles with driver they shall bear a distinctive in the bottom right of the windshield, not to do so is liable to a fine of 2,000 euros. Will not make more than 20% of their services in Catalonia if the cars are originating from another autonomous community, under penalty of 4,000 euros.

on the other hand, there will be an electronic record where there will be a record of the services that are contracted by customers. In this way you want to ensure the requirement of the contracting before you pick up the passenger, because it is regulated. If a VTC is not in the registry can be punished with € 1,000.

This register may be accessed by the authorities, both police forces as the Administration. Until the end of the year will not be operating this log. It is forbidden for a VTC to engage with a client on the public highway or in an area of high demand (such as the Airport of el Prat). Taxi drivers watch over it with zeal this aspect of the law.

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Cabify began to operate in Barcelona with around 50 cars on 1 December 2016, so that it now takes to operate eight full months in the capital city autonomous community catalonia. As they are granting more licenses VTC, more cars will be able to work for the platform.

The courts are granting those licenses that were requested since 2009, when the law entered into force Omnibus, which eliminated the ratio 1:30 that dated back to 1987 (a VTC every 30 taxis). But now the Administration does not grant new licenses, being required to grant those called for during the last few years.

Recently a protest of the taxi industry caused a chaos of transport in Barcelona, protesting that it might be fulfilled, the ratio 1:30. Right now they are awarded in Barcelona around 10,500 licenses of autotaxi, so that there “should” be over 350 VTC in the city. In Catalonia there were 500 licenses of VTC awarded at the end of 2016.

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In 2014, Uber began to operate in Barcelona without asking anyone’s permission. Does not currently provide services in the city of barcelona

With the two years of blockade in the transmission of licences by the Generalitat wants those who get really made use of them and not use them to speculate, knowing the price they can get. However, a licensed taxi can cost double or triple.

In Madrid, where they operate, Uber and Cabify with hundreds of cars, it is very common to see VTC circulating with customers. The same situation can end by giving in Barcelona in a matter of months. Uber worked in Barcelona since coming to Spain in 2014, but used private drivers, and there was lace of legal activity, which was to cease by order of the court.

For the moment no additional measures for the world of the taxi, though it is expected that there will be more rules coming soon to regulate aspects such as fees agreed in advance, the shared paths between a number of passengers or the incorporation of new technologies for the modernization of the sector.