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Monday, 20 July 2009

Doing Alicante airport runs with friends and/or family?

Well according to bloggers John and Mary Middleton, who live in Formentera del Segura, you need to be aware that you might face a fine of upto 3,000 Euros if the police suspect you are running an illegal taxi service - and it's up to you to prove you are not, not up to them to prove that you are.

There are two main things (amongst many others) that immediately occur to me:
- this is a possibly inevitable result of the recession as I expect licensed taxis have seen their revenue fall significantly both as a result of a general fall in the number of tourist visiting Spain from abroad and of the fact that there are said to be many unlicensed taxis operating and it is possibly sometimes difficult to distinguish a 'running friends/relatives to/from the airport scenario' from similar trips involving unlicensed taxis;
- for a country going through a severe recession, including a sharp dip in tourist numbers, it seems to be a highly silly idea to assume that all people running others to/from the airport are engaged in unlicensed taxi operations. It seems like a surefire way to alienate people unnecessarily!

I've on several occasions over the past few years since I've had my own house in Spain had occasion to take friends/relatives from/back to the aiport (either MJV or ALC), but this latest nonsense is something to bear in mind for the future.

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