The Catalan government released proposals for regulating ride-hailing apps, including a 15-minute wait time between a user booking and being able to take the transportation. The time proposed did not attend the taxis drivers who require the wait time to be at least 24 hours. In response, taxis drivers are now on strike. In August 2018, the central government agreed to transfer the regulatory competency for the ride-hailing apps to the regions, but the change was not enough to put an end to the disputes between both sectors. Taxi drivers want regulation to ensure fair competition.
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