Agreement to allow return fares due to N-332 traffic jams

A number of Orihuela taxi drivers have complained that passengers have to put up with poor service because the Town Hall has not given any new licences out since 2005, resulting in a chronic shortage of vehicles about half the number per inhabitant compared to Torrevieja.

Councillor Begoña Cuartero met on Tuesday with taxi association representatives and said she knows it is a problem on the coast in the summer with so many tourists so it has been agreed with Torrevieja that drivers from  either municipality do not have to make the return journey empty because they go along part of the N-332 where there are traffic jams.

Both Town Halls have authorised the agreement from June 16th to September 15th and now it only has to be signed off by the Valencian Government.

This summer will be a pilot scheme to improve the service so users can be attended to with the immediacy they expect.

Also from May 15th to September 15th Orihuela city and Orihuela Costa will share a switchboard to improve the service.

Orihuela Town Hall will study the results of this before granting new licences and is waiting for approval from Valencia to let nine municipalities work a common taxi area.