Police operations against people doing illegal “airport runs” are intensifying across the country, as we enter the main holiday season.
News Via Fresh Radio Spain
One such pirate driver was arrested at the weekend in Ibiza, after being flagged down to stop, but then speeding past, hitting the hand of a police officer as he did so. He was detained later, his car confiscated, and the fine issue.
Minimum fines are now set at 6000€. He has also been told he will be charged with assaulting the police officer. The article says that the police have been checking out social media pages, looking for people offering illegal, uninsured “airport runs”.https://www.diariodeibiza.es/…/taxista-pirata-ibiza…
Don’t put yourself at risk!
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.”
Please note that official VTC licenses cost ‘from €15,000 to €50,000’ to obtain! These licenses allow a private car to be used in a professional capacity, and only those vehicles will show a blue rear number plate.
There is an app called ‘Control de VTC’s y Piratas’ that Android users can use to check car number plates for their licenses.