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Spain: Taxi group asks calls for CNMC head’s resignation

 |  August 6, 2019
A Spanish taxi-driver group, The Elite Taxi Madrid, has called for the resignation of José María Marín, president of the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), in response to a report issued by the agency criticizing new regulatory measures imposed in Madrid and Barcelona to restrict the operation of so-called VTCs, including services such as Uber and Lyft.

The CNMC issued a report on the ordinances issued to regulate the sector, warning that they contain “unjustified discrimination regarding taxis… that will have a negative impact on the provision of service to users.”

Among the aspects of the report that was rejected by the group of taxi drivers is the assertion that these measures can prevent technological innovation, arguing that there has been “a significant leap in quality” in the taxi sector in terms of environmental care and accessibility to the service through ‘apps’.

The organization, in its statement, said that the competition authority “is not at all interested in the consumer… only in the accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few.” The group has also requested that the body be dissolved.

Full Content: Europa Press

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