On Monday, the Balearic government will issue a decree that will allow town halls in Mallorca and the rest of the Balearics to grant temporary taxi licences for the summer season - May 1 to October 31.
The details of this decree were agreed at a Friday meeting of the Balearic Transport Commission, which includes private sector as well as government and local authority representatives. Following the meeting, President Armengol said that the aim "is to improve public transport and facilitate the necessary mobility and logistics in the islands for the summer season". She explained that town halls "will be able to grant all the temporary taxi licences they need, for which all procedures will be expedited in order to solve public transport problems".
Transport minister Josep Marí added that all town halls were in agreement with the measure, including Palma.
Last summer, when pressures on the taxi services were especially evident in Palma, there was talk of temporary licences. At the time, however, Palma's mobility councillor, Francesc Dalmau, suggested that the "procedures" for issuing these would take too long. It would now appear that the decree will seek to ensure that the procedures are rapid.
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Talk about a closed shop, one gets the feeling that most taxi drivers are related to politicians the way they back them and don't allow Uber or Cabify operate on the islands. Be cheaper and better for all round.
Who will driving all these taxis with new licences only available during the summer season? And then what will these drivers then do? Short solutions, long time mess.
Why are the bus services not made more frequent instead of more taxi's for island travel? Not that I am an emissions fanatic like the politicos are today, but with the expense of EV buses why more licences, are the taxi's EV's? I think not, more likely Skoda's! We have a reduced speed limit on the Via Cintura to reduce emissions, causing vehicles to be running longer due to lower speed, surely it is time to line up all anti pollution policies to achieve the net zero goal that is so important.