Taxi drivers jam Spanish freeway in protest against ridesharing apps
Taxi drivers in Spain inched along to hold up traffic and draw attention to their cause.
Protesting Spanish taxi drivers on Thursday drove slowly en masse to clog the freeway encircling Barcelona in Spain on what was the second day of a 48-hour strike calling for stricter licensing regulation for ridesharing apps like Uber.
Thousands of taxi drivers from all over Spain were gathered in the northeastern city in Catalonia to demonstrate against a regional court ruling that temporarily suspended a law requiring there to be no more than one private hire company car, the likes used by Uber and Cabify, for every taxi.
Once assembled at Barcelona's El Prat airport, where passengers would have to find alternative means of travel to and from the city center during the strike, the drivers took to the B-10 Ronda Litoral freeway that acts as a kind of beltway for the coastal city.
They inched along to hold up traffic and draw attention to their cause.
The regional court said it would review the suspended law on Friday.