At a time when taxi troubles in Spain are focused primarly on the ongoing disputes with e-hailing apps Uber and Cabify, Vigo taxi drivers have picked a different battle.
Taxistas in the Galician city are enraged by a proposed municipal law that would prevent them from wearing sleeveless T-shirts, tracksuits, flip-flops and shorts while working.
The more radical taxi drivers in the city have announced they will voice their disapproval by wearing skirts as “the law hasn’t banned them”, regional daily La Voz de Galicia reported.
But there are others who are trying to reach a consensus that will allow Vigo’s taxistas to at least hold on to their work shorts, especially during Spain’s sizzling summer months.
Taxi association “Élite Taxi de Vigo” is pushing for just that, their president Roberto Costas proposing “that we’re allowed to wear chino shorts or other formal shorts with a shirt or polo shirt and not a total ban”.
Similar legislation passed in Majorca in early 2018 also angered local taxi drivers, who were told to ditch their caps if they wanted to keep wearing shorts during the summer period.
Coincidently, this is the second skirt-related story to hit Spanish headlines this week, after Spain’s Ministry of Defense tweaked its uniform rulebook to allow female soldiers with tattoos to wear trousers rather than skirts.