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Santa Cruz controversy
Taxi drivers paid to not work
The decision by Santa Cruz to spend hundreds of thousands of euros buying back taxi licences to reduce the number of taxis on the city roads has raised eyebrows, particularly among those who feel the money should be spent on more urgent needs.


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13.12.2015 - The council revealed in early November that it had spent nearly €700,000 to persuade a further 49 drivers to take their cars off the roads and ease the over-supply of taxis, whose business has declined considerably since the introduction of the city tram eight years ago.

“In all, we have reduced the number by more than 60 since the scheme started and money has also been earmarked for next year” confirmed a corporation spokesperson, who said that a draw would be held to decide which drivers will benefit from the incentive in the event that applications exceed the number of licences to be withdrawn.

However, the size of the payout has irked some, who believe that taxis should not be any different to other sectors which have had to adjust to increased competition.  “Small shops do not get paid to shut if a big shopping centre opens nearby” argued one critic of the scheme. 



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