Illegal airport taxi impounded
'Pirate' drivers face huge fine from regional government
LEGAL proceedings have been started against a taxi driver who was illegally picking up passengers from AlicanteElche airport.
According to a spokesman for Elche city hall, a suspicious vehicle was spotted by Elche local police at the section of the terminal which is reserved for buses and coaches.
He said the officers formed part of a regular patrol tasked with carrying out checks at the airport.
They moved in to questioned the driver and found that he had picked up six ‘foreign tourists’ who had just flown in to the area for a short holiday. He had charged then €10 each to take them to an unspecified destination.
On checking the driver’s documentation, the officers found that he had no licence to work as a taxi driver or to carry passengers in the vehicle.
“As a result they immobilised the vehicle and it was taken to the pound in the city,” noted the spokesman.
He explained that the officers have sent the details of the infraction to the regional department for transport.
They will decide on the fine to be levied, which could reach €2,000, he added.
The pirate taxi driver’s ve- hicle will only be returned when he has paid the fine, he said.
“This action by the officers forms part of the intensive campaign which is being carried out by Elche local police traffic unit at the airport in order to crack down on the pirate taxi trade,” explained the spokesman.
The pirate driver's van was impounded by police