Last Month THREE ‘pirate taxis’ were confiscated from their drivers during a sting operation at Alicante-Elche Airport.

The vehicles were found to have no authorisation to take passengers to and from the airport. The cars were impounded and drivers denounced.

The denunciation carried a fine that had to be paid before the illicit drivers could collect their vehicles.

One of the drivers had not had an official tarjeta de transporte since 2017.

PASSENGERS BE CAREFUL!

According to a leading insurance company, it is possible that if you were to have an accident in one of the many illegal taxis that operate in the area, you would not be insured for any hospital treatment that either you or a member of your family might need and payment for it would be your responsibility and yours alone.

One legal driver said; “Many people, both residents and tourists are aware of the illegal practice but may not be aware of the magnitude of the problem of illegal passenger transport services, as well as the dangers to themselves and their family if they are involved in an accident as a passenger or in a vehicle struck by an illegal vehicle and driver.”

Dave McQueen, owner of Alicante Transfers Ltd, stated that official VTC licenses cost ‘from €15,000 to €50,000’.

He said VTC licenses allow a private car to be used in a professional capacity, and that a legal car’s rear number ‘should be blue’.

He added there is an app called ‘Control de VTC’s y Piratas’ that Android users can use to check car number plates for their licenses.

Rear number plate MUST be blue to be legal.

Colin, who runs A2B Taxis from Pedreguer, said: “There’s a special zone for legal taxis at Alicante-Elche Airport. But I’ve seen drivers in the car park illegally picking up passengers without them knowing.”

He added that by the end of June, all private cars with VTC licences must have had their blue plates’ installed.

A spokesperson for Urban Mobility and Road Crime office said the unit would ramp up co-ordinated efforts for the coming tourist season.

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