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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    When stopped by the Guardia how do they tell the difference between a 'illegal' taxi and a pal or neighbour who has picked you up as a favour for the price of the petrol? Pretty difficult to prove that you are not an 'illegal' I would presume? Could be awkward.
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    It's not just that they keep an eye out at the airport for money exchanges, they keep an eye on all the drop offs and cars that are regularly seen there can be stopped, questioned and fined.

    How can you prove that you know someone you're only dropping off to an airport for a fee? All they need to do is ask a simple question to both of you separately and you'll be caught out.

    You can't exactly create a whole history of your 2 yr friendship with someone on the way just in case - doesn't give a very legit, confidence boosting imression to the customers does it.

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    For those who don´t know the difference and to clear up some of the myths, lies and fairy tales told in bars.

    Only 2 licenses available to transport paying passengers, Taxi or Coach, both have a *Tarjeta De Transportes* for passengers.

    There are 2 different types of *Tarjeta* , passenger and goods.

    A legal taxi looks like a taxi and would have a taxi sign on it.

    A 9 seat or less mini-bus is illegal unless it is part of a licensed coach operators fleet. (additional special license required for small mini-buses).

    A legal transfer company (not taxi company) will have vehicles with 10 seats and above.

    If someone only owns vehicles with 9 seats or less and does not have a taxi license, then they are not a licensed operator as they must also own vehicles with 10 seats and more.

    Right Hand drive mini-buses cannot be registered in Spain and cannot be used in public service for transporting paying passengers.

    Only licensed operators can buy vehicles with 10 seats or more.
    Ever wondered why your local busy mini-bus driver has´nt bought a bigger bus, its because he is not licensed.

    Estate agents, rental agent, property agents and vehicle rental companies are not allowed to transport passengers, this is called in-direct Hire & Reward as they are receiving payment in some form, either for sales or rental. Unless they have a *Tarjeta De transportes*

    All legal passenger transport companies must be S.L. companies.

    Only licensed passenger operators can have liability cover for transporting paying passengers.

    Last but not least

    For Drivers -- The passengers won´t care who you are and what a nice guy you are when you have a crash or put out of the vehicle by the guardia.

    For Passengers -- The driver will care more about what is going to happen to him when he has a crash and not the passengers.
    Work it out, he has no insurance, his vehicle is not licensed, he only charged you 40 euro for something that is now going to cost him 1000s if he can´t talk his way out of it and at that point he will probably ask you to lie for him.
    Last edited by clydegrove; 11-28-2008 at 05:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinegal View Post
    Then we go and complain that we have to pay for translators as the Guardia / Council / National POlice / Notary (the list goes on) don't have the decency to speak English instead of their national language of Castellano.
    So what is wrong with making a bit of effort and learning to speak Spanish ??? I got GCSE Spanish before I came out to live here.

    And most young Spanish people, including Guardia, do speak English - it is a compulsory subject at school - but they refuse to as they just hate us Brits.
    Last edited by Spanishfly; 11-28-2008 at 06:12 PM.

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    i cant see what all the fuss is over, you just deny money changed hands, you cant get fined for taking someone to / from an airport, make sure you pay before you pull up at departures

    ........ its not rocket science

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinegal View Post
    It's not just that they keep an eye out at the airport for money exchanges, they keep an eye on all the drop offs and cars that are regularly seen there can be stopped, questioned and fined.
    Sorry, is it an illegal act to be seen near an airport???

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinegal View Post
    I have no idea where you got 80€ from


    I get truly annoyed when so called "ex-pats" disrespect the country that they live in, preferring to pay their taxes in the UK but compain when they can't get free services out here, would rather pay an illegal cabbie to take them to the airport instead of paying someone - even an englishman - the pasking price for a legal service which supports the economy and not just the local bars.

    Then we go and complain that we have to pay for translators as the Guardia / Council / National POlice / Notary (the list goes on) don't have the decency to speak English instead of their national language of Castellano.

    Viva España, NOT little Britain!!!

    How do I get €80 from - from being charged it, that is how !!

    And come on, let us NOT totally lose the thread here. This thread is about airport taxis - not about taxes or translators or local bars.
    Last edited by Spanishfly; 11-30-2008 at 04:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benimar_col View Post
    i cant see what all the fuss is over, you just deny money changed hands, you cant get fined for taking someone to / from an airport, make sure you pay before you pull up at departures

    ........ its not rocket science
    Totally agree with all you say, benimar!!!

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