'See you later, Barcelona' — Uber suspends cab service in Spanish city

Taxi drivers gesture as they try to enter port during a strike against the regulation of ride-hailing and car-sharing services such as Uber and Cabify, in Barcelona, Spain, January 21, 2019.

Albert Gea | Reuters

Taxi drivers gesture as they try to enter port during a strike against the regulation of ride-hailing and car-sharing services such as Uber and Cabify, in Barcelona, Spain, January 21, 2019.

The move, outlined in a blog post on Thursday, is in protest of new rules introduced by the regional government of Catalonia.

From Friday, local officials will impose a minimum 15-minute wait between a taxi booking being made and a passenger being picked up. Vehicle for hire (VTC) Drivers are also not allowed to roam the street between jobs but must instead return to base.

“The obligation to wait 15 minutes…

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