Bou has shown himself in favor of applying a fee to record and regulate the logistics generated by online commerce in the city.
The candidate announced that he would withdraw the bike lanes in Barcelona and give priority to the private vehicle.
According to the candidate of the PP in the mayor, Josep Bou i Vila, “Barcelona has an anarchist image and must be a great showcase of business and commercial”. The mayor has argued that in the event that he won the elections, he would bet on those decisions that were in the line of promoting the city and growing the economy of Barcelona, to generate jobs. In this regard, he has supported the trade sector in “the introduction of IDBs in those commercial areas where necessary, however, I do not agree in their financing with taxes, there is a need for private investment.”
In matters of security and illegal trade, the proposal for a solution by Josep Bou has been very clear: “there is a political will on the part of the Consistory; He would mount an extra unit of the well-prepared urban guard, with the ability to act and evacuate the mantos. “According to Bou, if we project a serious city image, it would end up with the call’s effect and the problem would be erradicated.
Regarding mobility, the candidate of the PP, like Manel Valls, made it clear that the tramway on Diagonal is not a priority, although it does consider it necessary to speed up mobility. The proposed solution is a highly articulated vehicle: “The connection must be 10”. Bou has emphasized that in the past, the trams had caused many accidents in Barcelona, that there is an excess of cycle lanes that do not make sense and that it should be removed, to give priority to the private vehicle. Bou has been forceful in the need to apply a fee as an instrument to regulate the increase in city journeys derived from the rise of online commerce.
Finally, regarding the problem of taxi drivers, Josep Bou has argued that “the future must be open to new technologies, it can not be that the MWC arrives and that we do not have Uber and Cabify in Barcelona: they must be able to coexist all the transport systems. “Likewise, despite defending the right to express itself, it considers that taxi drivers can not collapse the city, the public road is of everyone and must be respected.
About the Breakfasts with the Commerce of Barcelona
The two most representative entities of the commerce of Barcelona, Barcelona Comerç and Barcelona Oberta, have launched the organization of the ‘Ciclos’ Breakfast with the Commerce of Barcelona to know the proposals committed in the first person of the candidates for the mayor of the city, around the policies related to the commerce of the city and related subjects. Specifically, the issues under discussion will be: the implementation of IDB’s -Business Improvement Districts-, mobility, tourist-commercial promotion and security and illegal trade.
It is the first time that Barcelona’s commerce – axes of proximity and tourist axes together – is committed to a format like this to ensure that their positions and negotia are collected directly by the candidates looking for real and feasible commitments that allow them to establish bridges, reinforce connections and generate consensus towards a common goal: to preserve and promote Barcelona’s trade as one of the main economic drivers of the city.