Taxi drivers Elche claim for a stronger control to eliminate the intrusion that is taking place at Alicante Airport, one year after the imposition of the maximum number of rides to taxi drivers of other places. This quota allows entry only up to 6 times a month to other villages taxis, but the group of Elche taxi drivers complains that “a group of taxi drivers in Torrevieja, Cartagena and Murcia are clearly breaking out the rule, and they are always the same ones. “
Despite having increased their services one 10%, taxi drivers argue that the automatic license plate reader only controls the plant where taxis are supposed to pick up passengers, but drivers can enter through the 2nd floor of departures, or at the basement, where the entrance to the parking is situated. The dimensions of the new terminal doesn´t make easy the control of all access. Perhaps this is the reason why barriers at the parking lot reserved for 15 minutes drop off and pick up passengers are being installed, under the guise of offering greater convenience and speed up the collection of travelers, control with cameras and barrier will be installed and parking for more than 15 minutes will be fee. In fact, the area is already suffering a denser and complicated traffic due to implementation works.
Another problem besides the taxi drivers who do not respect the of 6 trips quota, are “illegal taxis” with rental cars or vans picking-up passengers illegally from the Airport. The group of taxi drivers complain that sanctions are not coming. “They are like Sierra Morena bandits”, they say.
Despite increased technical media with cameras and sanctions and restrictions on foreign taxis, the Department of Infrastructure and the Civil Guard hasn´t responsibility for the airport since December, so is the Local Police of Elche which is responsible for handle complaints. Also, sources of the Elche Town Hall recognize that since technical media has been reinforced, a decrease in the number of dedicated control access to the Alicante Airport agents has been reduced.
From the Department of Infrastructure recognized that they are responsible for processing the administrative files which can lead to sanctions but those records must be submitted from the Local Police. Perhaps all this bureaucratic process is hindering sanctions effectiveness.