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Warning as police crackdown on airport lifts 

Granadilla council has put out a warning in association with the local police: Watch out, we are clamping down on illegal airport lifts!

The authority has announced the start of a special plan to combat what they describe as a “scourge” that affects public transport at Tenerife’s south airport.

They have also warned that this action is to become permanent with effect from this month of October and those breaching the rules will be dealt with by the police.

Councillor for transport and safety, Nicolás Jorge Hernández said the crackdown had been taking place for several months in and around the airport. These efforts had been intensified on the busiest days at the south airport namely Tuesdays and Fridays.

“The operation carried out by a group of local police will be permanent as of October,” he confirmed.

Granadilla council says the action mainly responds to a long-standing demand by taxi drivers who say illegal airport lifts have affected their liveli-hoods and that of their families.

They were also determined that the visitor to Tenerife should receive the best possible service, the best image, safety and legality of the rates.

Sr. Hernández said the airport was the gateway to the island and the regulation of the transport service had to be a key issue.

Local police chief head, Jesús Flores said the checks had already been a success with the most recent case being the intervention of a van operated by two Russians as illegal passenger transport.

Both the driver and his assistant were arrested because they did not have the proper authorisations and their vehice was impounded.