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Use of a mask is mandatory for bus and taxi drivers

The use of face masks or face shields is now mandatory for bus and taxi drivers during their work shifts. This is established in the new guideline issued by the Ministry of Health and the Council of Public Transport (CTP), intended to prevent COVID-19 spread...

Taxistas abandon traditional service and join Beego platform

If you can't beat them, join them. That is the decision of some 380 taxi drivers "taxistas" in Heredia, signing an agreement with Beego and the use of their app. Cesar Blanco, Beego general manager, called it a "success", given that the taxi drivers agreed...

Transport apps are winning the battle

The apps, such as Uber, DiDi and inDriver are winning the battle to mobilize Costa Ricans, not only in the Central Valley but now also in tourist areas such as beach areas and mountain resorts. This regardless of the frustration of the taxi sector, which...

Arrival of DiDi Presses State To Regulate Transport Apps

Neither the 4 years that Uber has been operating in Costa Rica, nor its more than 22,000 drivers, nor a clientele that is around 783,000 was enough for the government and legislators to issue a regulation on transport apps. During the Solís Rivera administration (2014-2018),...

Clash Between Taxi Drivers Who Want To Work And Those Not

During Tuesday's protest by the "official" or "red" taxi drivers, a clash broke out between those drivers protesting against Uber in the country and those who just wanted to work their day.  

Women taxi drivers chained themselves to Casa Presidencial gate

A group of at least 5 female taxi drivers chained themselves against the gates of Casa Presidencial (Government House) from the early hours of Tuesday morning, with the aim of President Carlos Alvarado attending to their complaints. The women, some with some 30 years of...

Taxi Drivers At It Again With Blockades This Tuesday

Dozens of taxi drivers were at again this Tuesday morning, blocking passage in various areas of the greater metropolitan area of San Jose, in particular, sections of the Circunvalación, including Zapote, near Casa Presidencial. The reason? The same old story, they are not happy about the...

Taxi Drivers Give Legislators Ultimatum On Uber

The taxi formal drivers (red taxis) gave the Legislative Assembly an ultimatum on the reform of the system of paid transport of people and regulation of the companies of technological platforms of transport, such as Uber. The group of transporters met Tuesday afternoon with the...

Taxis prepare campaign to intercept Uber users

The formal taxi drivers (red taxis) will take new pressure measures to stop Uber in Costa Rica, leaving behind street demonstrations and road closures to go after user. The intention of the taxi drivers is to get in the face of users in the area...

Taxistas To Demonstrate Against Uber Today, Wednesday!

The formal (red) taxi drivers will take to the streets this Wednesday, May 8, in a new protest against the operation of Uber in Costa Rica. The movement, convened since last week, is scheduled to start at 9:00 am, concentrating on three major points: Paso...

Taxi Drivers Announce A Protest Against Uber. Again.

(QCostarica.com) On May 8 taxi drivers will again take to the streets to protest against the legalization of Uber. Javier Cortés, leader of the "fuerza roja" (the formal taxi drivers) said they will gather in the area of the Paso Ancho rotonda at 9:00 am...

Taxi Drivers Don’t Want To See Part-Time Ubers

Taxi drivers do not want the Law that seeks to regulate services like Uber to allow people to make "extras" after work. That was one of the points that the taxi drivers union revealed Wednesday to the Comisión de Asuntos Económicos de la Asamblea...

MOPT Asks For More Time On Legislation To Regulate Uber

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) continues to stall in presenting the bill that would regulate mobility apps like Uber, asking on Thursday a new extension before the Comisión de Asuntos Económicos (Economic Affairs Committee). MOPT minister Rodolfo Mendez is asking for 20...

Users of Uber Fear For Increase In Fares

Preventing the taxi drivers guild artificially inflate the cost of using Uber is the goal of several user associations, who demand a seat in the negotiating table. The establishment of new requirements and insurance could affect the collaborative mobility platform and mainly its users, according...

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...

New Ride App Bee Go Sets Goal Of 10,000 Drivers In A Year

On Monday, the recruiting of drivers began and in 15 days Bee Go will be the new player in the market of "collaborative mobility and public transport", challenging Uber. And of course the informal (piratas) and formal (red) taxi drivers. The company, of French capital,...

Goverment tells Uber to stop its operation in Costa Rica

In an attempt to calm taxi drivers, the Government Council reiterated on Tuesday its request to the Uber company to stop its transport operation in Costa Rica, until there is a legal framework to regulate it. The request also applies to other ride app platforms. The...

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...

It’s Time for the Costa Rican Government to Defend Uber

Rico's TICO BULL (OPINION) - Costa Rica can take a page from Spain's playbook as both countries struggle with the legitimacy of Uber (and Cabify in the case of Spain) against the taxi drivers. It wasn't too long after Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado taking...

What did the Government commit to with the taxi drivers?

The Government on Wednesday night signed an agreement with the (formal) taxis following a day of protests, roadblocks and tortuguismo. Following are the ten points -eight by the Government and two of the taxi drivers to avoid further road protests. 1. To intensify controls on transport...

Taxi Drivers Have Their Day

Taxi drivers on Wednesday took to the streets to pressure the government of Carlos Alvarado to put an end to Uber in Costa Rica.  

Uber Users In Costa Rica Are Exempt From Sanctions For Using The Illegal Transport

As the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) crack down on Uber drivers, users (passengers) can rest assured as they are not exposed to any type of sanction for using the illegally deemed private transport service. Carlos Rivas, legal counsel to the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi)...

Costa Rica Rules Out Suing Uber Drivers

Q COSTA RICA - The government announced Thursday night that it does not have the legal power to sue the Uber drivers, as demanded by the formal taxi drivers. But, it did promise the taxi drivers to increase its operations to detect Uber drivers and...

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...

Argentina Officials Raid Uber Offices

(Q24N) Uber’s offices across Buenos Aires faced heavy raids last week, a measure taken in response to pressure from taxi unions, many officials claim. “They were allies when we won the city elections, we can not fight with them,” a congresswoman from the ruling party...

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...

Mob Of Taxi Drivers Chase Uber Driver

QCOSTARICA - A Uber driver was rescued by the Fuerza Publica (police) from being beaten by a group formal taxi driver after pursuing him, before noon on Saturday, in Esparza. Uber confirmed on Sunday that the 38 year old driver, a resident of Cartago, identified...

New Deputy Minister Of Transport Under Fire

Liza Castillo Vásquez is the new deputy minister of Teansportes y Seguridad Vial, sworn in by President Luis Guillermo Solis this past Tuesday. But, will Castillo last long in her post? Our prediction is most likely not. Castillo is expected to continue work of Sebastian...

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