Taxi driver representatives talking to the media yesterday.

01-02-2017Jaume Morey

Transport minister Marc Pons and the regional government are resisting calls from taxi driver associations to scrap the plan for tourist resort bus services this summer. The government is insisting that the bus services will start on 1 May as scheduled.

The drivers, who have announced their intention to jam roads as a form of protest, will stage a different type of protest - and the first - on 15 February. This will be a demonstration outside the transport ministry and the Consolat de la Mar government HQ. The drivers have also announced that there will be no night services over Easter and that they plan to present an appeal for legal review of the bus services' plan.

Pons, they say, has been lying to them, and they stress that they have presented alternatives to the bus services. They believe that the most appropriate measure would be to have shuttle buses from the airport to the intermodal station in Palma (from where tourists could take existing routes to resorts).

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Michael Allan / Hace over 4 years

Travelled 30/40 times between the airport and Calvia never a problem,never over charged.Taxi company should weed out bad drivers( passenger needs to complain) M A. Costa de la Calma

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Dave / Hace over 4 years

S. Maybe you could tell the government how many hire cars there are on the Island as they dont know!

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Stuart Mead / Hace over 4 years

They should double the amount of buses to the train/bus station at Palma and introduce minibuses to places like Soller as required on a bus fare system. Do the taxis out of business.

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andrew / Hace over 4 years

Legalise Uber!! Give them some real competition so that their prices can become realistic.

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S. / Hace over 4 years

No Taxi service ?. Ok , hire a car ( There are thousands of Hire Cars on the Island ). If you have friends on the Island ,ask them to collect you at the Airport. Snr. Pons is totally correct . A constant supply of EMT Buses to The Intermodal Bus/Train station, would be most welcome ALL the time. Not just when Taxi Drivers are on Strike. Taxis will earn no money, or rip offs, when On Strike.

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