Citizen Security of the Municipality of La Laguna will enable this year a subsidy of 75,000 euros to facilitate the municipal taxi sector “the adaptation to the new ordinance (which has already entered into force), in terms of the uniform and the labeling of the vehicle”, with the image of the tower of La Concepción, “so that it does not entail a cost for them”, explained the councilor for the area, Alejandro Marrero, who valued that these changes will also mean “taking the image of La Laguna wherever they go and that in the end generates a greater prestige for the city, then logically we are going to collaborate in that aspect”.
Specifically, the mayor indicated that the municipal area is working on the credit modification file, which is not charged to the remainder, but internal to the area, in order to get the subsidy “as soon as possible”, with the aim of that the change of image can be carried out before the end of this year. “We are negotiating with the associations how the subsidy is going to be specifically articulated,” said Marrero.
This subsidy is added, in addition, to the aid of nearly half a million euros to the sector that the Local Government Board approved in its session this week to counteract the loss of income that the professionals of this public service have been suffering due to the pandemic, which the Laguna Consistory has been granting since 2020 and from which in 2021, specifically, 315 license holders benefited. On the other hand, the City Council carried out a consultation with the sector on the 23rd, at the proposal of one of the associations, which asked the group of taxi drivers to vote on the regulation of the activity during the summer months, working alternate days from Monday to Sunday, as a test after which to carry out a definitive consultation, the proposal going ahead with 213 votes in favor and 31 against, according to data offered by the area.
The Councilor for Citizen Security recalled that “the new ordinance includes 100% of the service, but the option was given to the sector, through consultation, to adapt work shifts.” “That was already there before, but not regulated, and now it is,” he specified.