Spain in Talks With Cabs Protesting Ride-Hailing Services

Taxi drivers block the Gran Via avenue in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

MADRID (AP) — Representatives of taxi driver unions and Spain’s government are meeting to find a way out of an indefinite strike protesting the proliferation of private ride-hailing services.

The Ministry of Development says Monday’s meeting will follow others with representatives of drivers working for apps like Uber and Cabify.

Taxi drivers are angered by a court’s decision to temporarily suspend Barcelona’s move to curb the operation of private companies. They also demand a ratio of 1 to 30 private versus public taxi licenses.

Cab rides are limited to emergencies in Madrid and Barcelona, where a main thoroughfare remains blocked day and night by black-and-yellow cabs and drivers sleeping in tents.

Protests are also spreading to other cities, causing disruptions during the busy summer holiday period.

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