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Taxi drivers from across Spain demonstrate against Uber

Taxi drivers from across Spain demonstrate against Uber

<p>Spanish taxi drivers partially shut down a central Madrid boulevard on Thursday (February 18), beeping horns, setting off fireworks and waving in protest of what they called unfair competition from private shared ride businesses like Uber.</p> <p>Uber and similar services, facing protests worldwide for offering to match private vehicle owners with customers seeking a lift, cannot currently run in Spain while the courts system decide their legal status.</p> <p>Spain’s regulatory agency <span class="caps">CNMC</span> is expected to pass a ruling next week which will loosen regulation and open the transport service to greater competition.</p> <p>Such a ruling would pitch the heavily regulated taxi drivers, which must acquire licenses and offer their services according to closely watched rules, against untested drivers using car-sharing apps with little, or no, restrictions.</p>