Crack­down on 'air­port runs'

Po­lice im­pound five UK-reg­is­tered 'pi­rate' taxis

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Irena Bodnarec

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

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