Monday 17 May 2021

Bätse will be the only app that taxi drivers can use legally

The cost will be with the official taxi rates

QCOSTARICA – Bätse is the only mobile application (app) that the official taxi drivers (red taxis) can legally use in Costa Rica.

This despite the fact that other services such as OMNi Taxi have been operating in the market for some time and even some taxi drivers use the inDriver platform, the Public Transport Council (CTP) confirmed that the red taxis are not permitted to use any other than the Bätse, which is charged at the official taxi rates approved by the regulating authority, and in the same manner used by the taximeter or “maria” as it commonly known in the country.

- Advertisement -

The executive director of the CTP also took the opportunity to remind drivers and customers that all apps (other than the Bätse) are illegal.

“Any transport activity of people that does not have a concession or permit granted by the Public Transport Council (CTP) is illegal regardless of the purpose of commercial technology platforms since this type of facilitation exposes users to a situation risk in terms of their safety,” explained Vega.

So far, the CTP says it has some 4,000 concessionaires registered on the Bätse platform and about 3,845 taxi drivers, though there is still no definitive date for its official launch.

The Bätse tariff model is not authorized for point-to-point charging (such as Uber, DiDi, OMNi), it must follow the taxi fare model for paid public transport.

- Advertisement -


- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

CTP aims to sue and block Uber, InDriver and Didi in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In its continuing effort, perhaps to appease the formal...

The “marías” resist dying in a technological shakeup for taxi drivers

QCOSTARICA - The disappearance of the taximeters (popularly known as "marías")...


Health expands group 3 vaccination for people from 16 to 58 years

QCOSTARICA - Adolescents of 16 and 17 years old with some risk factor in case of falling ill with covid-19 will be part of...

72 cantons on orange alert due to high risk of COVID-19 contagion

QCOSTARICA - The National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) has increased alerts for another 7 cantons, bringing the total to 72...

Why Colombian protesters are taking to the streets

QCOLOMBIA – For the past two weeks, mass protests that started on April 28, have rocked Colombia, leaving at least 42 people dead and hundreds...

These are the new sanitary measures that will be applied in May

QCOSTARICA - At the press conference from Casa Presidencial that started more than 15 minutes this afternoon, the government announced new sanitary measures that...

How to Make the Most Out of Your Travel Experience

There’s no one out there that doesn’t love the sense of adventure that comes with exploring a new place. Whether you’re planning a short...

Space tourism is here – 20 years after the first stellar tourist, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin plans to send civilians to space

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. But on May 5, 2021, the 60th anniversary of the first...

Today’s Covid news: We are almost a death every hour

QCOSTARICA - The last seven days (May to May 11) have been bitterly deadly for the country, with 146 people dying from covid-19. According to...

11,773 older adults rejected the covid-19 vaccine; another 441 missed the second dose

QCOSTARICA - A total of 11,773 older adults (defined here as those ages 58 and up) have rejected the covid-19 vaccine and another 441...

Natalia Carvajal tells of her arrest at San Jose airport with false proof of covid-19

Q MAGAZINE - he former Miss Costa Rica and television personality, Natalia Carvajal, broke the silence of her arrest several weeks ago at the...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.