Crackdown on 'airport runs'
Police impound five UK-registered 'pirate' taxis
driver was told he would have to pay a €4,100 deposit to get the car back, which if he could prove he was authorised to carry passengers, would be refunded - otherwise that would be the fine.
They are not licensed or insured to carry passengers so do not be tempted to save a few euros and take that risk.
These police officers are not from Benidorm but from the provincial government in Alicante, who have far greater jurisdiction.
Now that it is getting into the busy holiday season, there is likely to be a much greater presence here in the resort and also at Alicante airport. IN THIS past week, police from Alicante have confiscated five cars in Benidorm from people operating as illegal taxi drivers, doing cheap cash-inhand airport runs.
All were British expats, driving UK registered cars.
The vehicles are instantly impounded and unsuspecting passengers ejected from the car, then having no alternative but to use one of the official white taxis.
Whether they are aware that they were using an illegal taxi is not known as many advertise on social media offering the service.
In one of the instances, the
Unsuspecting passengers were told to leave the vehicles and had to take licenced 'white taxis' to the airport