Tuesday 22 June 2021

Costa Rica Regulatory Reiterates Only Taxis and Buses Can Provide Public Transport

Harold Leandro is the first Uber driver to face sanctions by the regulatory authority for providing non-authorized public transport. Photo La nacion
Harold Leandro is the first Uber driver to face sanctions by the regulatory authority for providing non-authorized public transport. Photo Rafael Pacehco, La nacion

QCOSTARICA – Uber drivers are subject to a fine from ¢2.1 million to ¢4.8 million colones, says the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos – Aresep), reiterating that only taxis and buses under concession of the Public Transport Council (CTP),A are permitted to provide public transport.

So far, since Uber began operations in the country last August, only one driver of the U.S. ride share company is facing sanctions.

- Advertisement -

On February 5, the Aresep opened a case against a driver Harold Leandro, caught by the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) near the Parque de la Paz, Desamparados.

At the time, officers say they suspected that Leandro had two women passengers in the back seat, the passengers admitting to traffic officials they called the driver through the Uber app.

“The Aresep has sufficient powers to declare the illegality of a service when: the service is not authorized, there is a carrying of passengers and it is a paid service. It is irrelevant whether the service is offered through the use of an app,” said the regulating authority by way of a press release.

With this statement, the Aresep is declaring the Uber (or any other form of public transport not authorized) as illegal and its sanctioning of offenders. Between 2011 and 2015 the Aresep there have been 83 of this type of case.

- Advertisement -

The warning comes a week after the government committed itself to taxi drivers to seek out administrative tools to combat Uber, after admitting it would be impossible to shut down the Uber app in the country.

On Wednesday, the taxi drivers union posted on the social media an ad for an online expert to advise them on the possibility of blocking the Uber app and their plan to sue the government on behalf of taxi drivers for their losses in allowing the ride share service to operate.

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
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.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"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

Faced with survival: taxis and app drivers vying for an increasingly unprofitable service

QCOSTARICA - The operations of transport apps has revolutionized the way...

Transitos save Uber driver from assailants

QCOSTARICA - Transitos (traffic officials) Gustavo Ordóñez and Daniel Picado became...

MOST READ

Full court decides not to investigate or dismiss Emilia Navas

QCOSTARICA - Emilia Navas will not be removed from her position as attorney general, after calls for her to step down due to her...

Companies covered up defective asphalt

QCOSTARICA - The judicial file of the Cochinilla Case, on alleged corruption in road works, exposes how three companies would have covered up the...

Informants assisted OIJ in corruption investigations, says the minister

QCOSTARICA - The investigation into alleged bribery of public officials in exchange for contracts for road works, received help from informants within the Consejo...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Vaccination commission endorses J & J vaccine, says no to Sinovac

QCOSTARICA - The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE)  - National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission - endorsed the use of Johnson and Johnson...

American woman found lifeless in hotel bathroom in Sabana

QCOSTARICA - A sad discovery occurred this Thursday morning in a hotel located in La Sabana, in San José, the lifeless body of a...

Germany opens borders to Ticos from this Friday!

QCOSTARICA - Good news for Ticos with traveling fever! From Friday, June 25, Germany will allow entry of travelers from Costa Rica as long...

Fifth tropical wave precipitation will be heavier in the north of the country

QCOSTARICA - For this Wednesday, the arrival of the fifth tropical wave of the season is expected, thus reinforcing the rainy activity mainly to...

Cynthia Ann Telles named new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Dr. Cynthia Ann Telles as United States ambassador to Costa Rica. According to the...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

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.