Uber and Cabify drivers are slated to protest in Madrid on Thursday, September 27, to denounce a proposed government move to limit chauffeured tourism vehicle (VTC) licenses that would reportedly jeopardize 60,000 ride-sharing service jobs. Associated traffic disruptions and increased demand for alternative forms of transportation are to be expected during the protest. A heightened security presence is to be anticipated near related demonstrations.
The planned protest comes as the Spanish government considers limiting VTC licenses to placate the frustrations of taxi drivers, who claim that the ride-sharing services are competing for their business and detracting from their profits. The move is also expected to require regional governments to regulate VTC licensing.
Taxi strikes, accompanied by highly disruptive protests, were held in Madrid and Barcelona to demand legislation to limit VTC operations in late July and early August.
Individuals in Madrid are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and expect increased demand for alternative forms of transportation.
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