nder the plan unveiled by Catalonia’s infrastructure minister, Damià Calvet, ride-sharing drivers would be obliged to return to their designated base after each service and customers would not be able to track the car they hire via GPS on the company app.
But taxi drivers voted to reject the plan, mainly on the basis that the 15-minute delay between the contracting of a private service and the start of the ride would be too short to make any noticeable difference.
Taxi driver unions have asked for a built-in delay of 12 or even 24 hours, effectively meaning that traditional taxis would have a monopoly on immediate services.
On Sunday Mr Calvet unsuccessfully offered to negotiate a new minimum waiting time for ride-hailing services if the taxi drivers agreed to call off their strike.
Tito Álvarez, leader of the Élite Taxi association, said Barcelona’s city taxi drivers wanted to end the conflict, adding that violence was unacceptable and that he would step aside if any more attacks against ride-sharing drivers took place.
“We want the politicians to hold a crisis cabinet meeting. Otherwise they will find us here on the street because we are not going to give up.”