The Minister of Public Works, Infrastructure and Territory Planning, Marifrán Carazo, and the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, have signed a collaboration agreement this Thursday that will allow reinforce the inspection work of the Local Police to vehicles with a taxi license and Tourism Vehicles with Driver (VTC) and whose purpose is ensure compliance with current regulations in transport and avoid situations of fraud and intrusion in the sector.
Marifrán Carazo has highlighted that Marbella thus becomes the first municipality that is not the capital of province that is going to formalize this agreement, for which he has applauded that the City Council “has taken the step of join this joint work of surveillance and control in passenger transport”.
The Minister highlighted the good results that it is having in other territories, assuring that “in Malaga, with only nine months of validity, multiplied by five the complaints and minutes raised”. “The way is that, join forces to curb irregularities that are produced”, he added.
For her part, the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, stressed that the signing of this agreement “places us in the outpost of the Andalusian cities concerned and engaged in control and inspection in the public transport sector”. “Our commitment and our support to the taxi sector It makes us take this important step, hand in hand with the Junta de Andalucía, to ensure compliance with current regulations”, he indicated.
Muñoz has stressed that the City Council has been “working for some time and collaborating in this sense with the sector and with the Andalusian Government”. Likewise, he recalled that in the last 15 months in the periodic controls of the Local Police “there have been almost 1,900 vehicle inspections, filing about 450 complaints.
By signing this agreement, both administrations undertake to exercise their surveillance and control powers in a coordinated manner and collaborative. To this end, the Ministry of Public Works will offer, among other tasks, a specific training for agents on the legal regime of this type of transport, while the City Council will allocate, for its part, a sufficient number of police officers.
The Ministry, with this agreement with a valid for four years, renewablewill provide the agents of the Local Police 15 computing devices (tablets) to access and consult the data of the Communications Registry of the Vehicle Leasing Services (RVTC) and the Registry of Transport Companies and Activities from the place of inspection to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of control and surveillance tasks .
In addition, the Ministry will be in charge of the processing of disciplinary proceedings derived from the complaints of the Local Police and will promote, together with the local Administration, the implementation of computer systems that allow the transmission of their complaint bulletins from the place where the infraction was committed.
The Ministry of Development, Infrastructures and Planning of the Territory will collaborate in the training of the Marbella Local Police in the legal regime of the VTC with the celebration of work sessions.
For its part, the City Council is committed to allocate a sufficient number of agents to surveillance and control of taxi and VTC licences, reinforcing controls in the busiest places such as ports, bus stations, hotels, hospitals, historic centres, shopping centers and entertainment venues. In addition, it will periodically send to the Transport Services of the Territorial Delegation of the Ministry the complaints filed by the Local Police within its term.
A mixed Commissionmade up of representatives of the Marbella City Council, the Local Police and the General Directorate of Mobility of the Ministry of Public Works, will be in charge of keep track of the agreementas well as coordinate the annual inspection plans and analyze the results obtained.
This agreement arises in compliance with the measures agreed with the taxi sector, which proposed the signing of collaboration agreements between the Junta de Andalucía and the town councils for the inspection and control of VTC license services. To date, the Malaga City Council and the Granada Joint Provision Area have accepted this formula.