Update 28 September 2015: Police say that as a result of the Cabildo’s clampdown over the past two years, some 200 illegal taxi run “businesses” have been fined through coordinated action by the Guardia Civil, local police and work inspectors. The fines, averaging two a week, have primarily involved car and minibus airport transfers from TFS Reina Sofia, and have ranged between €1.000 and €4,600. Police remind the public that official taxis from the airport are the only legal form of taxi transfer, that journeys by other operators, even those who call themselves “friends” and who often strive to appear normal and legal, are not only illegal but uninsured … and that the campaign against illegal airport runs continues.
Original post 30 October 2013: The Tenerife Cabildo has committed itself today to helping the taxi sector, and in a meeting held in Santa Cruz has agreed an action plan, to be put into place immediately, against “unfair competition”. After the meeting, between the Cabildo and representatives of taxi drivers from the main tourist municipalities, the Cabildo said that it will strengthen its inspections, and create permanent collaborative protocols involving local police and the relevant Ayuntamientos. A technical committee is also being established to notify the industry of all records affecting them, and to oversee training for inspection and disciplinary procedures: the committee will meet weekly, and start immediately. Between them, they say they are determined to get tough against uninsured and illegal airport transfers and the like.