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It considers that it started from a "false premise that is to consider that it has been produced in a free and unregulated market".
The judge of the National Court María Tardón has agreed to file the complaint filed by more than 2,000 taxi drivers against the Uber and Cabify platforms, considering that it started from a "false premise that is considered to have occurred in a free market and lacking regulation. "
The head of the central Court of Instruction number 3 rejects that these VTC companies have manipulated the price of services at will because "in this sector of transport of urban mobility travelers there is no free competition", since "it is the Administration that sets the conditions and rates".
Even so, the magistrate does not rule out that the actions of Uber and Cabify can be sanctioned according to the rules of defense of competition, although it clarifies that this point does not fall within their jurisdiction. Nor does it appreciate a possible scam or tax fraud while consumers "are not harmed by the conduct displayed" by the defendants, who "have not evaded the payment of VAT."
The judge admitted to prosecution in June the complaint, which had filed more than 2,000 taxi drivers from all over Spain, coordinated by the Association Integral Taxi Platform (PIT), for eight alleged crimes, from mass scam to laundering.
Taxi drivers, advised by former Elpidio Silva, also attributed to the VTC companies a possible price alteration through deception, unfair administration, tax offenses and against workers' rights. Specifically, it was addressed to the founder and CEO of Cabify, Juan de Antonio, and another thirty managers and companies in this sector.
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