Uber, Cabify stop services in Barcelona due to tighter laws

The regional government of Catalonia is imposing the restriction after taxi drivers went on strike for several days in Barcelona.

31 January 2019 | 14:31

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 31 January 2019 | 14:31

A taxi driver walks between parked taxis during a taxi strike at the Barcelona airport in Prat Llobregat, Spain, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain: Ride-hailing companies Uber and Cabify will stop operating in Barcelona after the regional government in northeastern Spain passed tighter regulations, the two companies said. 

Uber said in a statement Thursday that the law requiring users of the ride-hailing apps to contract services 15 minutes beforehand was “totally incompatible with the immediacy of on-demand services.”

The regional government of Catalonia is imposing the restriction after taxi drivers went on strike for several days in Barcelona. The protest included taxi drivers blocking a major boulevard and trashing cars used by ride-hailing companies.

Cabify said that it is disappointed that authorities “gave in to the pressure and demands of the taxi sector.”

Taxi drivers are striking in Madrid for similar restrictions on ride-hailing services.


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