In Marseille, there are not enough taxis for the inhabitants present. At least that’s what the representatives of the taxi drivers’ union called Tenants Union Taxi Marseille (LUTM) believe. The latter are demanding action from the municipal authorities.
Their first line of development is simply based on the arrival of more driver’s licenses. Indeed, the city currently has 1,115 parking permits. This represents one taxi for 780 inhabitants.
This is far from enough, according to Saïd Djefaflia, president of LUTM. Taxis can no longer cope with the influx of customers. The latter is therefore demanding an increase, in remarks reported by BFM Marseille-Provence :
“The cruise port, arrivals, the station: taxis can no longer cope with the increased demand for transport and today, I think that VTCs are taking a large part of our activity.”
A return to the situation of… 1995!
Surprisingly, the interlocutor therefore complains that taxis can no longer cope but also that VTCs are taking a market share. In any case, the union wants more driver licenses. On a poster, he calls for a return to the situation of 1995:
“Marseille needs more taxis.” “Since 1995, 265 taxi licenses have been abolished in Marseille, going from 1,360 to 1,115.” The union is campaigning for the return of these 265 licenses. The latter would, according to him, be sufficient to cope with the influx of customers.
Contacted by BFMTV, the town hall of Marseille confirmed that the number of taxi licenses has not changed for years. However, the subject is “on the table”, according to Sami Benfers, city councilor. It remains to be seen whether the taxis themselves will support this posture. Indeed, some might be afraid of losing customers, the supply of drivers expanding.
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To sum up
In Marseille, taxis can no longer cope with the influx of customers. A union is therefore asking the municipality to grant more driver licenses in the city. A subject studied by the municipal authorities.