The use of German coaches has been suspended for the time being.

10-11-2017Miquel Àngel Cañellas

Fifteen coaches that have come from Germany and which have been used to transport passengers arriving at the airport for the Volkswagen exhibition at the Palacio de Congresos are currently not allowed to be used.

The association for coach operators presented a denuncia to the government's transport directorate. The German coaches, operated by the Dr. Herrmann Group, are at present on a lot in Playa de Palma, while transport officials consider the permits for the coaches to operate in Majorca and whether they meet European regulations.

The complaint from the association has to do with the apparent lack of an international business activity licence to complement one at a regional level. The transport directorate insists that all it is interested in is ensuring that companies from other European countries meet all legal requirements.

As the fifteen coaches are not being used, the organisers of the exhibition have had to take on a Majorcan operator. Autocares Comas is therefore transferring people to and from the airport and providing excursions.

Volkswagen, it would appear, had intended to contract a Majorcan coach operator. There were negotiations with several companies over the summer, but these fell through because the prices being quoted were above what had been expected. The Dr. Herrmann Group got the contract at the last moment.

The paralysis of the fifteen coaches follows the complaints by Majorcan coach operators about German coaches bringing attendees at the exhibition from Germany itself.

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Dermot Bremner / Hace 2 days

Do you think a Spanish company could run a fleet of buses to the Dusseldorf Boat show, then do local excursions for the boat show. Absolutely not, so why the German organisers of this conference thought they could , just because they were holding the conference beggers belief. 10 out of ten to the local bus companies stopping this scam.German coach operaters have the vast country of Germany to work in.No need to skim off the gravy on this little island. The cheapest price is not always the best or even morally correct.

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Henry James / Hace 4 days

What a farce.

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Richard Pearson / Hace 5 days

On the other hand, Spain has never complained about receiving EU subsidies, financed mainly by the German taxpayer.

I also understand that the local TIB bus service is owned by a German company.

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W. / Hace 5 days

Can never work while countries like Germany and France subsidies their companies i.e. Rail and bus services.

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F4phixeruk / Hace 5 days

Whats the difference between using German coaches to transport people about, and ALDI, using German registered cranes, lorries, caravans when building shops in the UK. Thought the EU was one big happy trading family. Or so we keep getting told ??

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