PALMA taxi drivers yesterday mounted a two hour protest between 11am and 1pm over the allegedly unfair activities of non-Palma cabbies which this year are allowed to pick up clients at Palma airport providing the journey has been pre booked and the airport taxi centre has been informed of the booking.

The taxi wars between Palma and non-metropolitan cabbies operating at Palma airport has been raging for years, shots were even fired once, and this year, a special rank has been set up for pre-booked non-Palma taxi drivers.

However, according to Palma taxi associations, whose members have suffered a significant decline in takings this year because of the recession, non-Palma taxis are dropping off and then picking up non-pre booked clients.

The protest left some holiday makers having to wait two hours for a taxi yesterday while others heading into Palma were at least able to catch the bus.

Palma taxi associations are warning that unless action is taken to stop what they consider to be illegal and unfair competition, they will continue holding regular protests.


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