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Costa Ricans Furious With Latest Threat From Taxi Drivers

The lack of regulation for passenger transport services - such as Uber - is a topic that not only disturbers the rideshare app company partners (drivers) and official taxi drivers, but users as well who demand an 'opening' or 'legalization'. Last week, in a letter...

Aresep in the process of developing an application for taxi drivers

The controversy generated by the incursion of Uber in Costa Rican has one more episode, as the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep)  - regulator of public services -  works on an application (app) to improve the service provided by taxi drivers. Earlier this...

Riteve Got More Expensive This Week

After more than a decade without a rate increase, the cost for a vehicle inspection at the Riteve went up this week to ¢13,405 colones, up from ¢12,160, for a vehicle under 3.5 tons. This is the third increase in a year. The first increase...

Aresep Inspections Ensure Quantity And Quality of Gasoline Dispensed

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (ARESEP) - Regulatory Authority of Public Services - often comes under fire for approving increases in water rates, increasing costs in electricity, bus and taxi fares and gasoline prices. But this public institution, created in law in September...

First Uber Driver In Costa Rica Fined

An Uber driver was fined ¢2 million colones (US$3,500) for violaing the Ley de la Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - Public Services Regulatory Authority Law - for providing public transport services without a permit. This is the first case in which an...

Christmas Arriving In November in Costa Rica: Gas Price Drop On The Way

Christmas is arriving early in Costa Rica this year, a reduction in gasoline prices that will take effect next month. On Friday, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (RECOPE) - Costa Rica's refinery that refines nothing - submitted to the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos...

Gas Price Drop Coming Next Week

Next week, a reduction of ¢9 colones for a liter of super gasoline and ¢5 for regular will take effect. At the same time, a liter of diesel fuel will increase ¢5. This will be the third consecutive reduction in gasoline prices approved by the...

MOPT Analyzing If They Can “Take” Buses From Companies That Announced A Stop In Service

Q COSTA RICA - Two bus operators are calling it quits, throwing in the towel, announcing they will stop providing service to La Carpio, Barrio México, La Uruca and Barrio Escalante on July 17. The reason? Low fares and the inability or unwillingness of transport...

Bus Strike Cripples Thousands

UPDATE: Bus service was resumed by mid day on Wednesday. Is it a protest strike by the bus operators or are they really bankrupt? In any event, some 60,000 who live in the San Jose's “marginalized community” of La Carpio have had to walk, bike...

Government Shelved Plan To Regulate UBER and ‘Collaborative Transport’

Q COSTA RICA  - In April 2016, ruling party (PAC) legislator, Franklin Corella, introduced a bill to regulate UBER in Costa Rica and services offering "collaborative transport" by way of Apps (Internet-based applications). A year and month later, the bill remains stalled, awaiting political will. Although...

Drop In Gas Prices Approved

In the coming says, mostly likely before the end of the month, the price of gasoline will drop ¢25 colones for a liter of super; ¢28 for a liter of regular; and ¢20 for diesel fuel. On Friday, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos...

Drop In Gasoline Prices Approved

Q COSTA RICA - This week we will see the first drop in gasoline prices for the year. Following three consecutive increases in fuel prices, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) on Friday approved a drop of ¢27 colones per litre for...

Gasoline Prices To Drop

Q COSTA RICA - Good news for drivers, gasoline prices may drop by the end of the month, following a request by the state refinery, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope), for reduction of ¢23 and ¢25 colones for a litre of regular and...

RECOPE Proposes Weekly Fuel Price Adjustments

Q COSTA RICA - Perhaps a public outcry, calling for the government to open the fuel market and some even calling for a complete break up of the state refinery, is the reason behind the Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo (RECOPE) proposal for a change...

Regulator Approves Hike In Gasoline Prices

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - With the start of the new year comes, you guessed it, a hike in gasoline prices. On Tuesday, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) confirmed a hike in the cost of fuel, expected to take effect at...

Regulator Freezes Drops In Gasoline Prices

(TICO BULL by Rico) Just when I thought I had seen it all, here’s a new one: we continue to pay high gasoline prices because, according to the government regulator we must while the Constitutional Court considers a claim of unconstitutionality of the method...

Gas Price Hike By Month’s End

QCOSTARICA - The end of the month will bring an increase in fuel prices: ¢13 colones per litre of super and regula gasoline, and ¢24 for diesel, following the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Público (ARESP) approval Friday afternoon. The increase is in response to...

Gas Price Drop Approved

(QCOSTARICA) Don't fill up just yet, gasoline prices are coming down next week. On Friday the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (ARESEP) approved a reduction in fuel prices of ¢24 colones for a litre of super; ¢22 for regular; and ¢5 for diesel. When the...

Why is bus service so bad on the Nicoya-San José route?

by Maria Fernanda Cruz, Vozdeguanacaste.com - As the sky opens up and rain pours down, the roof above my seat on the bus from San José to Nicoya also is raining. Water drips on my head, on my clothes and on my computer as...

Big Drop In Gasoline Prices Expected For Next Month

QCOSTARICA - Get ready for a big drop in gasoline prices, coming this way next month. The  Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - regulator of public prices and services - confirmed on Monday that it will on September 11 start the process of...

CNFL Requests a 35% Hike In Electricity Rates For 2016

QCOSTARICA - The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL) - national power and light company, a division of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) - is looking for a 35% increase in electricity rates. The company made its request to the regulating authority, the...

Taxis Apply “Tortugismo” In Protest Today

(QCOSTARICA) As promised, taxi drivers from all over the Central Valley gathered in the area of La Sabana park, to start their 8:00am protest that includes blocking important routes, in particular the Ruta 27 in the area of Guachupelin, Escazu where the offices of...

Massive Taxi Protest Planned On Wednesday

(QCOSTARICA) Taxi drivers vow to frustrate movement of vehicular traffic Wednesday in protest against fees of more than ¢3.1 billion colones that the regulatory agency does not take into account in setting rates. The taxi union says taxi drivers will protest Wednesday in front of...

Gas Price Hike On The Way This Week

(QCOSTARICA) Starting this week, the price of gasoline will jump ¢43 colones per litre of super, ¢35 for regular and ¢36 for diesel fuel. Thus, the new price of a litre of super gasoline will be ¢643 (from ¢600), regular ¢610 (from ¢575) and diesel...

ARESEP Proposes Rates for Solar Energy in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The tariff proposal by the public services regulating authority (Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Publico - ARESEP), for large-scale solar power generation establishes that plants of more than 1 MW can sell each Kw / h between US$0.0751 (low) and US$0.1794 (high). From a...

RECOPE Overcharged To Use Funds To Invest In New Finery

QCOSTARICA - The Aurtoridad Reguladora de Servicios Publics (ARESEP) - regulator of public prices and services agency, has instructed the state refinery, Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo (RECOPE) to give back money to Costa Ricans. TheARESEP, whose audit was prompted by a request by legislators of...

Gasoline Price Hike Approved: ¢31 For Super, ¢29 For Regular and ¢7 For Diesel

QCOSTARICA - The price of a liter of gasoline will increase next week, following Tuesday's price hike approval by the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos - Aresep). The hike is of ¢31 per liter of super, ¢29 for regular/plus...

Gas Price Hike On The Way!

QCOSTARICA - The honeymoon of gasoline price reductions is over. On Friday, the regulatory agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep), approved a gasoline price increase that is to take effect this coming week. The Aresep approval will increase the price of super...

RECOPE Proposes a Hike of ¢41 in Gasoline Prices

QCOSTARICA - Following a series of consecutive drops in gasoline prices in the past six months, brace yourself for an increase, if approved, in March. The state refinery, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo (RECOPE) on Friday made a request for an increase in gasoline prices:...

16% of Costa Rica Gasoline Stations Found Selling Poor Quality Fuel

COSTA RICA NEWS - The regulating authority for public service, Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (ARESET), says it found that 16% of the gasoline stations in the country last year sold contaminated fuel. The government authority, in its report, said that it found problems...

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