Taxi drivers plan to join forces
There have been regular clashes between authorised taxi drivers and "pirate" operators.
There have been clashes between taxi drivers and pirate transport operators.
Taxi driver associations appealed against an obligation that came into effect in 2019.
Headline-making in the Majorca Daily Bulletin last week.
Licensed taxi drivers stopped work for two hours.
Seven people in all have been arrested in connection with the violent robberies from taxi drivers.
The increase in fines is put down to the effectiveness of transport ministry inspectors.
The taxi drivers have decided they don't need VTC licences as there will be no Uber to compete with.
The strike was sparked after the Spanish government appealed a Barcelona decision to limit the number of licences for Uber-style services.
Plainclothes inspectors, it is hoped, will be able to more easily prove "irregularities" by "pirate" operators.
Taxi drivers say that the transport ministry and Palma town hall have not kept to promises about inspectors and police.
Palma town hall is insisting that the half hour free parking is reintroduced in order to deal with traffic "saturation".
Taxi-driver associations are satisfied that inspections at Palma airport are putting an end to the problem of "pirate" operators.
"We are taxi drivers, not terrorists," chanted protesters when they clashed with National Police.
There was a poor image - at the airport and on the beaches. There were illegal properties and there was illegal selling.
Taxi drivers were complaining that the minibuses were still operating yesterday and that there weren't police. Business reaction to Thursday's events has been critical of the taxi drivers.
There was chaos at the airport as tourists were caught up in the confrontation between taxi drivers and the "microbus" operators.