The CNMC has required the Ministry of Public Works to eliminate anticompetitive restrictions on passenger transport in the segment of hiring a car with driver (VTC). These restrictions have been introduced by the Royal Decree 1057/2015, which incorporates obstacles to competition that have no economic justification.
The restrictions detected by the CNMC are the following:
1) qualitative limits: if the Public Administration considers that there is an imbalance between supply and demand or, in any case, when the ratio 1:30 (one VTC license for every 30 taxis) is exceeded, VTC authorizations can be refused.
(2) prohibitions of exercise: the RD requires VTC services to be previously contracted
(3) geographical compartmentalisation: VTC shall serve regularly in the territory of the Autonomous Community in which the authorization has been granted
(4) minimum number, representativeness and age of vehicles: unjustified technical requirements are established to operate as a minimum of 7 vehicles and a maximum age of 10 years.
This requirement is a prerequisite to its judicial appeal.