Il­le­gal air­port taxi im­pounded

'Pi­rate' driv­ers face huge fine from re­gional gov­ern­ment

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - djones@cb­ By Dave Jones

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

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