Taxi drivers block French roads and airport access in protest over fares

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Taxi drivers block French roads and airport access in protest over fares
A French taxi driver unionist (L) walks past taxis lined up before the start of a protest "snail operation" called by the four federations of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, against transport tariffs set by health insurance company, in Bordeaux, south-western France, on January 29, 2024. - Taxis are blocking several major roads across France to demand a renegotiation of the remuneration conditions for patient transport, while the National Health Insurance Fund (Cnam) offered an agreement that was deemed unfavourable by the trade unions, who demanded the status quo. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

Taxi drivers are staging a series of blockades on Monday, including in Toulouse, Bordeaux and the outskirts of Paris, in protest over changes to the fare structure.


Monday will see a series of blockades and rolling roadblocks, with taxi drivers in Toulouse and Bordeaux targeting access to airports, while those in and around Paris will be aiming to cause disruption on the périphérique (ringroad).

By 9.30am on Monday, 400km of traffic jams had reported in the greater Paris region, with disruption centred on the A13 and the ringroad.

In Toulouse, taxi unions say they intend to bring road access to Toulouse-Blagnac airport "to a standstill", as well as access onto the Toulouse ringroad from adjacent motorways.

In Bordeaux taxi drivers intend to meet at 10am and form two convoys - one heading into the city centre and the other heading to Bordeaux-Mérignac airport. They intend to remain overnight and continue blockades into Tuesday.


Taxi drivers from Marseille and the surrounding areas intend to form up a convoy and create a rolling roadblock heading to Nîmes, while Brittany will also see protests centred on Rennes on Monday morning, as will the city of Lyon.

The drivers are protesting over changes to the fare structure for patient transport services.

In France, patients can obtain a prescription for transport by taxi to medical appointments, the cost of which is reimbursed by the government through the CPAM health service.

Fees for patient transport trips are set by the government and taxi drivers say the new fares do not take into account the rate of inflation and will lead to them making a loss on some patient transfer journeys.

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