The Evening Standard

Spain’s taxi drivers take to streets in protest amid Covid-19 slump in trade

June 30, 2020

Taxis, honking their horns, have taken over a central Madrid avenue to demand limits on the number of pay-for-ride vehicles amid a slump in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two of the Spanish capital’s main cab drivers’ unions, organised the protest. Taxis, which are considered a public service, are highly regulated by local governments. When Spain’s state of emergency over the virus ended almost 10 days ago, the city’s 16,000-strong fleet was required to go back to work. Only half of the regulated cabs were out seeking fares during the lockdown.

But unions say that customer demand is 15% of what it was before the crisis, which has seen fewer tourists in the city.