New Approach & Big Fines in War on Pirate Taxis.

Chauffeur Services Also Under Scrutiny.

  • The regional government is to approve a decree aimed at further targeting of the pirate taxi sector focusing on the advertising of services as opposed to simply catching them in the act.
    • Nick Gibbs 21st May 2017

Fines will range from 6,000€ to 12,000€ for advertising illegal services, and this monitoring will be conducted between June and September. There will be 12 inspectors who will work with the support of the local police and Guardia Civil.

Those pirate taxis operating at airports have again been identified for special attention where increased controls and inspections are to be introduced.

Whereas the existing control of pirate taxis has concentrated on catching illegal drivers in the act, the new regulations extend to the monitoring of websites through which illegal transport services are offered.

In addition to the heavy fines, the new laws will increase the time that vehicles used for illegal activities can be immobilised.

Alongside the policing of pirate taxis, the regulations also include the granting of greater flexibility to some services provided by the legal transport companies. Specifically with the aim of ensuring the minimum legal level of cover can be maintained on contracts when there is unplanned demand in the peak season. To this end companies will be able to subcontract services in future.

Clampdown on ‘Sham’ Mainland Chauffeur Services

There is also to be greater control of companies offering hire cars with drivers that are based outside the Balearics. National regulations stipulate that such companies can only have 20% of their business outside their own home territory, however it is felt many in the VIP chauffeur sector take advantage of the less stringent registration regulations in other areas of Spain when their actual intent is to operate entirely in Ibiza and other tourist areas.

A register is to be made of all vehicles offering hire with driver however there was no further information as to what steps would be taken to police the regulations.

Full details of the plan will be unveiled next week through a new  committee established for the task of implementing the new laws.

Editor’s note. Though an approach of targeting the advertising of services may demonstrate some reasonable savvy on the part of the Government, many Ibizans will be sceptical as to the effectiveness of the policing of the regulations. In recent years we have seen a whole raft of new regulations and laws, but little seeming to be done to enforce them. Moreover some Ibizans do not feel the Pirates themselves are the problem, that they are an inevitable consequence of the intransigence and restrictive practices of the licenced taxi drivers. Read my editorial Who Are The Pirates