Bigger taxis for Benidorm
Council gives seven-seater vehicles the green light
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