The Yaiza Ayuntamiento are collaborating with the local taxi service to reduce long queue times that have arisen due to the influx of tourists.
Although the Easter boost in tourism is momentary, and has resulted in high hotel occupancy in conjunction with a shortage of rental cars, the Yaiza Ayuntamiento want to focus on improving the Taxi service for the summer.
It’s a common sight in Playa Blanca, to see a line of tourists that at worst could reach the roundabout. Before the pandemic residents and tourists would expect to see queues for taxis at the main taxi rank in the town, especially at night.
The Yaiza Ayuntamiento have wanted to improve this service for some time, “in moments of high demand we can utilise taxis from Tías and San Bartolomé, but we understand that any decision must be made in consensus with the cooperative, whom we thank for their willingness to listen.” Mayor of Yaiza, Oscar Noda, stated.
“In addition to the proposal of granting new Taxi licences, the Ayuntamiento is considering reviewing the evident increase in vehicle maintenance costs” he added.
Noda also highlighted that “the taxis are an essential service in Yaiza, and any tourist destination, and we are concerned about incidents of long queuing times and being put on hold when calling for a taxi. It harms the image of a destination like Yaiza.”
Currently, the municipality is provided with 67 cars, however, many of them do not work double shifts and at night. The Ayuntamiento and taxi drivers are holding new meetings to advance improvements.
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