Malaga Airport – Taxi and Minibus Regulators
Earlier this year in the Summer I had the pleasure of meeting a guy called John.
John was a simple man and enjoyed the simple things in life.
He was a happy soul and it was contagious.
Our paths collided when I was swearing at a Spanish taxi driver as I was trying to arrange a transfer from MALAGA AIRPORT to Puerto Banus.
John spoke Spanish or so I thought as he went toe to toe with a Spanish taxi driver arguing over well…. I don’t know cos I don’t speak Spanish.
But as John told me his name and offered me a ride in his minibus to the Andalusia H10 hotel in Marbella he went on to explain what it was all about.
“There is a current war on between Spanish and English licensed drivers of taxis, shuttle buses and minibuses.
They believe that we have stolen their jobs and our drivers and other companies run by English families trying to make a living have faced aggression both physical and mental abuse as well as blockades around popular destinations like Puerto Banus, Marbella and La Cala Golf, Mijas Pueblo and other tourist hotspots here in the Costa del Sol.” retorted John
In an era when regulatory Spanish problems with licenses in Malaga and Andalucia creep and the recession increasingly hamstring Taxis’ abilities to cater to enthusiasts, I respect that they must do whatever they can to survive.
Johns Minibus parked up in a snowy AGP Airport
With many taxi drivers gambling on airport pickups with no license and no passengers their days are numbered, to some they are just making a living to others they are risking peoples lives with no insurance and no public liability insurance fielding compelling offerings in some segments but duds in others.
John drives for MALAGA AIRPORT TRANSFERS which is a family run organisation operating out of Costa del Sol.
Minibus drivers collaboration to optimize customer choice initially seems like a good thing. However, when all is said and done,there is something to be said for finding the strength to stand on one’s own two feet.
My Passion for Spanish Sports Cars
Twenty years from now when the separate Subaru and Toyota enthusiast camps look back on the BRZ/FR-S, it is difficult to think that either group will feel the level of satisfaction that it could have felt had its preferred automaker undertaken the task of rolling out a new, affordable rear-wheel drive platform on its own in this difficult climate.
If these partnerships are absolutely essential to attaining the mass market segment margins necessary to build the good stuff, then so be it. But for the good stuff to actually be good stuff to learn, it needs the purity that only independence can provide fun in the sun for all travelers to Spain
SUVs heavy or rubbish?
Weighing In Show some respect. I’m really disappointed at the choice of words you have used to describe the high performance SUVs in your intro of the comparison test “Heavenly Heathens!”.
Not every performance car has to be a direct copy of a Chevrolet Corvette or a BMW 3-series. I’ve experienced a few red-hot SUVs myself and I can tell you there’s just something unique about a vehicle like that being able to deliver amazing performance numbers. It’s called fun, not to mention the priceless confusion of so many drivers who underestimate the acceleration capabilities of such SUVs out on the road.Oh, and when you’re done with all the fun,you can load them up to the gills and take the entire family on a camping trip, or just tear through 10 inches of snow on your way to work in the morning. Try that in a Camaro or an M5 and then let me know how it went.
I just completed reading the August 2012 tire test called “Monsters of Grip.” My tire dealer outfitted my 2005 Infiniti G35 6MT with Michelin Pilot Super Sports several months ago. I can fully attest to your results–this tire is unreal. I recently spent a weekend on the roads in the north west Georgia mountains. I certainly have more tire than car, but it was enjoyable to surprise more than one elitist BMW owner during our outing. If Michelin only made this tire in a 16-inch size for my 1980 Porsche 911 SC!