Big­ger taxis for Benidorm

Coun­cil gives seven-seater ve­hi­cles the green light

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Irena Bodnarec [email protected]­ By Jo Pugh [email protected]­

BENIDORM coun­cil have au­tho­rised seven-seater taxis.

Up to now they have only legally been al­lowed to take four pas­sen­gers which causes prob­lems for groups of five or six, who then re­quire two sep­a­rate ve­hi­cles.

The pro­posal was raised on Mon­day at the weekly meet­ing by trans­port coun­cil­lor Jose Ramón González de Zárate, fol­low­ing a re­quest from taxi driv­ers and the taxi as­so­ci­a­tion who sent a for­mal re­quest to the town hall to en­able them to im­prove the ser­vice that they of­fer to tourists.

There are cur­rently 232 taxi li­cences is­sued by Benidorm of which cur­rently 14 are wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble.

The law states that 5% of taxis must be wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble but Benidorm al­ready sur­passes this re­quire­ment with be­tween 11-12%.

This is part of a raft of im­prove­ments by the of­fi­cial white taxis that serve Benidorm, which ear­lier this year passed a mo­tion for driv­ers to be smartly dressed.

They are also look­ing at de­vel­op­ing a mo­bile App which will al­low users to pre-book a taxi in a bid to stave off com­pe­ti­tion from the likes of Uber and Cab­ify which cur­rently do not op­er­ate in Benidorm. A NEW ROUND­ABOUT made from bol­lards in Ben­i­tachell will un­dergo an up­grade to help con­fused driv­ers. Im­prove­ments will be made to make it a de­fin­i­tive round­about, in­clud­ing road mark­ings be­ing clearly painted to di­rect the cir­cu­la­tion of traf­fic.

Four months ago, the pro­vi­sional and ex­per­i­men­tal round­about was placed at the junc­tion of Avenida Xabia, Avenida Va­len­cia and Car­rer del Mer­cat, lo­cated near the church. It is marked with plas­tic bol­lards and has a di­am­e­ter of 2.8 me­tres. The round­about re­sponded to a need to reg­u­late traf­fic at a junc­tion which was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­crease in cars, how­ever, it had been in­situ for some time with­out a de­fin­i­tive so­lu­tion. For the new coun­cil team, cor­rect­ing the sit­u­a­tion was a pri­or­ity de­ci­sion.

“What we can­not do is let ex­per­i­men­tal mea­sures be per­pet­u­ated, which is what was hap­pen­ing with this round­about. We know that the lo­cal po­lice had been ask­ing the pre­vi­ous coun­cil to re­solve prob­lems such as the road mark­ings, which, in ad­di­tion to be­ing con­fus­ing, did not com­ply with the rules of a round­about. Ev­ery­thing that paci­fies the traf­fic in our ur­ban cen­tre re­sults in a bet­ter qual­ity of life for the res­i­dents” said the mayor, Miguel Án­gel Gar­cia.

The town hall is now work­ing on the project to resur­face the cross­ing and de­sign and build the per­ma­nent round­about. It will also es­tab­lish the new di­am­e­ter of the round­about and the mea­sures that must be taken to en­sure the safety of pedes­tri­ans, in­clud­ing new cross­ings.

Seven-seater taxis al­ready op­er­ate in other Costa towns

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