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Uber is the second most used public transport service in Costa Rica, according to UNA

What's your most often used means of public transport? Your second? If you said Uber to the latter, a recent study by the Instituto de Estudios Sociales en Población (IDESPO), of the Universidad Nacional (UNA) - Institute of Social Studies in Population of the...

Taxi Drivers Want To Be Able To Operate With Older Cars

Taxi drivers have asked Rodolfo Méndez, the Minister of Transportation (MOPT), to increase the antiquity of their vehicles, from the current 15 years to 20. If the request is approved, official taxis (red taxis) in the country could operate with vehicles as old as 1998...

Uber Costa Rica Caves and Adds Tipping Option

Do you tip your Uber driver? Does your Uber driver deserve a tip? The company has enabled the option to encourage passengers to add a tip to the fare for the driver. According to Uber, you can add a tip up to 30 days after...

Taxis vs Uber: Drivers On Both Sides Of The Conflict Suffer The Same Hardships

Three years after the arrival of Uber in Costa Rica, the number of drivers dedicated to the transport of passengers has grown by at least 80%. The figure went from 12,500 official (red) taxi drivers and porteadoers (Servicio Especial Estable de Taxi, Seetaxi) to...

Government Gives Up On Regulating Uber

(QCOSTARICA) President Luis Guillermo Solis announced his government will not take action against Uber until the courts have resolved a number of issues regarding open competitition in the taxi industry. Solis explained that the Constitutional Court and the Contentious Court (Sala Constitucional and the Tribunal...

Ministry of Transport Says NO To Cabify, Competition To Uber

QCOSTARICA - It hasn't arrived yet, but the Ministry of Transport (MOPT) announced already its opposition to Cabify coming to Costa Rica. Cabify is the Spanish company, operating its own app similar to Uber, raising in recent days the possibility of starting operations in the...

Taxis Are Also Illegal

QCOSTARICA - Uber is an illegal transport service, according to the government. Meanwhile, many of the official taxis operate illegally, not providing service personally according to a survey conducted by the LaRepublica.net. Taxis must be operated by the holder of the concession for at least...

Taxi Drivers Looking For “Geek” To Block The Uber App

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's taxi drivers are taking their fight against Uber online. Literally. The Unión de Taxistas Costarricenses (Costa Rican Union of Taxi Drivers - UCT) is seeking an "online professional" to tell them if it is possible, or not, to block the...

Is Uber Legal or Not? Depends On Who You Ask.

  QCOSTARICA - The answer to the question of whether Uber is operating in the country legally or not depends on who you ask. According to the Foro Nacional de Taxistas (National Taxi Drivers Forum) press release, its spokesperson, Gilberth Ureña, says the Public Transport Council...

Uber Ignites Conflict In The Streets Of Costa Rica

(qCOSTARICA) In Costa Rica, as well as elsewhere, a debate on the legitimacy of Uber. The opinions are varied, at times at opposite ends. Franciso Jimenez, former minister of the MOPT (Ministry of Transport), says "never". For Jimenez Costa Rica regulated its public transport in...

“Piratas” and Uber Target Costa Rica Taxi Business

(QCOSTARICA) Traditional taxis are taking fire from two sides, one a traditional and continuing problem, while the taxi service app Uber is advertising for a general manager for San Jose (Costa Rica) on its web site.  In both cases, regulated and unregulated rides with...

MOPT Announces Pilot Plan To Reduce Number of Buses Entering Downtown San Jose

  (qCOSTARICA) Perhaps the single biggest contributor to the traffic congestion of San Jose are the buses, as "all buses lead to San Jose". But, that may soon change. The Ministry of Transport (MOPT) is pinning its hopes on a pilot plan to "zone" buses coming from...

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...

Traffic Congestion in San José Leaves Taxi Drivers With Losses Of Up to 50%

(QCOSTARICA) Hailing a taxi in the area of downtown San José may become difficult in the very near future, as many taxi operators facing losses of up 50% due to congestion, may choose not to provide service. Gilberth Ureña, head of the National Forum of...

Will Uber Take Costa Rica By Force?

(QCOSTARICA) -- Will Uber take Costa Rica by force or respect its laws? That is the question that is being asked around the industry, following the company's turmoil in nearly all 58 countries where it operates. For now, the company says it has no specific...

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