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Have you ever tried to hail a taxi from the roadside and had many empty ones pass by but not stop? You may wonder whether they have finished shift and are on the way home, but more than likely it is due to  "boundary laws".
At present a passenger cannot get into a taxi if it is registered in another town. Take the following scenario - a passenger takes a taxi from say Albir to Benidorm - probably a daily occurance. Once the passenger has alighted that taxi driver cannot pick up another passenger in Benidorm as it is out of his area, so he has to drive back all the way to Albir empty before he can pick up another passenger.
There are many consequences to this - the most obvious one for the passenger is that the fare needs to be "inflated" to compensate for an empty return journey and secondly the extra pollution and congestion it creates.

Map of Marina Baixa with Benidorm in red
78% of taxi drivers in the Marina Baixa area support the creation of a "local zone" but Benidorm have opted OUT of the agreement. The Marina Baixa is made up of 18 towns; Benidorm, Villa Joyosa, Altea, Alfaz/Albir, La Nucia, Callosa  d'En Sarria, Finestrat, Polop, Relleu, Orxeta, Tarbena, Sella, Benimantell, Bollula, Confrides, Beniarda, Guadalest and Benifato (even Im not too sure where Beniarda or Benifato are).
The Valencian Agency of Transportation is in the process of the creation of a zone which will cover all of the towns within the Marina Baixa EXCEPT Benidom who have voted against the inclusion. This is the third attempt by the Agency to create a local zone in the last 10 years which by law requires 75% support - so now with 78% in agreement it can go onto the next stage for approval.

The presidents of the taxi associations are keen to point out the advantages for the creation of such a zone and quoted the following. "The most obvious is the fares would come down as they are not having to pay for an empty return journey. Also it would reduce customer wait times, which in the peak Summer months can be up to an hour and lastly it would improve the service in rural towns such as Guadalest which has a limited taxi service. It will provide a better user service and encourage the use of taxi's"

It seems absurd to me that a taxi driver which takes someone from Altea to Guadalest is then not allowed to bring anyone back even if there is someone waiting but no local taxi is available!

The Benidorm taxi drivers held a vote to inform the Directorate General of Transport that an absolute majority - 170 of the 232 taxi drivers in the city voted NO to the joint zone.  I suppose that they fear the consequences as many passengers get a taxi into the town and if those drivers could pick passengers up the Benidorm taxi's would be loosing business. Lets see if this gets passed before the start of the busy Summer season.

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0 #2 info 2012-07-25 19:40
Eloy.... I would love to meet and discuss - I assume you are a taxi driver? Please send your contact details to:
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0 #1 Eloy Gómez (AKA Kowska) 2012-07-25 17:28
Really, is your point of view, but unrealistic.

Always, long before you came to Benidorm, has been the rule. Always or almost always been respected, and no taxi picked people out of their area. Taxis in the areas outside Benidorm, pooled, not to provide better service to citizens, but because they were obliged by law to be an area. In Benidorm are not required because they are majority of taxis in the Marina Baixa and may choose not to enter the area. Other taxis, such as Pi Alfaz, nor were interested, but have been forced. The rest of the Marina Baixa Taxis had a growing interest because they benefited economically.

If you are really interested in this topic, I encourage you to get in touch with Benidorm taxi association and be able to have firsthand information.



Do you think the prices are inflated?


a taxi costs from:

At any time, wherever you want, helps you with your luggage and drop you off anywhere you want.

From the center of Benidorm to Albir € 10 Trip Time: 10 min
From the center of Benidorm to Alfaz € 10 Trip Time: 10 min
From the center of Benidorm to Altea € 12 Trip Time: 15min
From the center of Benidorm to Terramitica € 10 Trip Time: 10 min
From the center of Benidorm to Mundomar € 7 Trip Time: 5 min
From the center of Benidorm to La Cala € 8 Trip Time: 8 min



A city bus with 4 people costs from:

Go to the bus stop, waiting, traveling or standing uncomfortable seats, leaves you at the bus stop and you have to walk to wherever you want and also, do not help with the luggage plus is illegal to carry luggage inside the bus if they are not adapted (in the case of Benidorm) and are always delayed.


From the center of Benidorm to Albir € 5.60 Trip Time: 40 min
From the center of Benidorm to € 5.60 Alfaz Trip Time: 30 min
From the center of Benidorm to Altea € 5.60 Trip Time: 50 min
From the center of Benidorm to € 5.60 Terramitica Trip Time: 40 min
From the center of Benidorm to € 5.60 Mundomar Trip Time: 25 min
From the center of Benidorm to € 5.60 Creek Trip Time: 30 min
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