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Legislator Enrique Sánchez: “Uber would pay a 3% tax for each trip”

Under the premise that Uber must be legal in Costa Rica, PAC legislator Enrique Sanchez, is promoting a bill that aims to level the playing field with taxi drivers and would incorporate a 3% tax on each trip made by the drivers of Uber. Questioned...

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...

Traffic Police Intensifies Actions Against UBER

The Government through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation - intensified the operations against UBER drivers throughout the country. After the pressure measures taken by the taxi drivers the previous week where they completely blocked the...

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.  

Is This The End For Uber in Costa Rica?

Following a day of protests in the streets, tortuguismo in many areas and five hours of 'intense' negotiations, the taxi drivers and the government came to an agreement on Wednesday. After a long day, both parties signed, on Wednesday night, an agreement to end the...

Netflix Yes, Amazon No With Respect To The VAT

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) explained on Friday that the proposed 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods on services being processed through Congress that includes taxing online purchases would be applied to Netflix, but not to Amazon. Hacienda explained that the tax...

Uber Trips Would Be Taxed If VAT Is Approved

Legal or not, the tax plan that is in the process in Congress,  if approved, would have users of Uber pay the Value Added Tax (VAT) on their trips. The VAT on Uber trips would be 13%. According to Priscilla Piedra, the general director of Hacienda...

Court Rules Against Uber and its 83,000 Drivers

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled against Uber with a verdict that affects 83,000 drivers affiliated to the technology platform. The decision follows a similar ruling last December by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that argues Uber is a transportation company and not just...

Could Users of Uber Be Penalized?

The demand and use of Uber in Costa Rica is on the increase. And so is the pressure by the current administration to put Uber to rest, by attacking the driver app company at its drivers. Deeming the service illegal, the administration of Luis Guillermo...

Banco Nacional To Cancel Accounts Of Uber Drivers

The Diaro Extra, the self-billed "most sold newspaper in the country" reports that the Banco Nacional (BN) will close the accounts of Uber drivers, the State bank deeming the activity "not acceptable". The publications posted a partial letter, dated November 23, 2017, submitted by an...

Uber Disconnects 90% of Its Drivers In Panama

Uber in Panama announced that from 4:00 pm Friday, November 24, it began a test of what would be the service in line with the government decree of October 31, 2017. Uber said this means it will disconnect drivers who do not comply with the...

Can The Traffic Police Force You To Get Out Of Your Vehicle?

Wednesday morning in Alajuela, apparently a driver was demanded to get out of his vehicle by officials of the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police). As the man refused, he was taken by Transito to the local police station - sitting in his car while...

Taxi Drivers and Truckers Protests In San Jose Today

Heading to downtown San Jose or Escazu today? Maybe rethink that for a bit, as taxi drivers and truckers, in two separate movements, will be blocking the streets of San Jose and the Ruta 27 (San Jose - Caldera) in the area of Escazu. The...

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...

Deregulate Taxis, Don’t Regulate Uber

(By David Kemp, Fee.org) A recent New York Times article discussing taxi medallion owners in New York City illustrates how innovation and increased competition can lead to calls for new regulations.  Platforms such as Uber and Lyft have displaced taxi owners and devalued their medallions, permits that...

Government Admits Unable To Stop Uber Advertising On Social Networks and Search Engines

The government admits its inability to reach out beyond its borders in its battle against Uber. The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) admitted that it cannot limit the advertising of Uber channeled through social media networks like Facebook and search engines like...

Costa Rican Businessmen Close Ranks In Favor of Uber

Q COSTA RICA - Instead of pursuing the Uber drivers and businesses with promotions linked to Uber, the Government should regulate the new technologies in public transport, considers the private sector, that has closed ranks in favor of the app. In this way, not only...

Private Sector Supports Uber And Demands New Legislation

Costa Rica's private sector is urging the government of Luis Guillermo Solis to modernize and enact new legislation to allow the new techonological platforms (apps) such as Uber and Cabify, and local apps being developed to operate legally in the country. "In the Uccaep we...

9-1-1 Makes Call For People To Use It For Emergencies And Not To Report Uber Drivers

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Calling 9-1-1 to report Uber drivers has forced the Emergency System to make call to the general public to not tie up the lines for an emergency. "Attention to emergency calls is provided under interagency protocols for each type of...

Government Threatens Local Businesses With Fines For Links Uber

Q COSTA RICA - Restaurants and hotels expose themselves to sanctions and administrative procedures per campaign of royalties and discounts of Mother's Day Entrepreneurs express anger and frustration by measure; Are required to declare breakage with transport platform In an attempt to restrict the operations of...

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)...

Peru Fines Uber for Failure to Disclose Information to Consumers

(Q24N) Peru’s National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection, Indecopi, announced that it has sanctioned Uber for “not fulfilling its obligation to provide consumers with relevant information.” The penalty imposed by the Consumer Protection Commission is $50,625 Peruvian soles, or roughly...

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...

Clashes Between Uber and Taxis Continue, The Latest At The San Jose Airport

Q COSTA RICA - The clashes between formal taxi and Uber drivers continues in Costa Rica, with the latest on Tuesday night, this time at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport in Alajuela. According to reports on the social networks, Uber drivers continue to complain...

Illegal Immigrants in Mexico Are Now Using Uber to Cross Border Points Undetected

(Q24N) Uber may be assisting in illegal immigration, some Mexican officials claim. Arnulfo Leon Campos of Mexico’s National Institute of Migration said that transporters of undocumented immigrants are using the private ride-sharing service to cross border points without being detected. “Traffickers of people going to the...

Clash Between Formal Taxi Drivers and Uber Drivers Results In Arrest Of 10

Being an Uber driver in Costa Rica cannot be easy given the resentment by formal taxi drivers that has often led to violence. Such as the case on Friday night, when a clash between formal taxi drivers (the red taxis) and a group of drivers...

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...

The War Is On: Taxis Ready To Battle It Out With Uber Drivers

Q COSTA RICA - On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is popularly known, declared law 8955 that regulates the Servicio Especial Estable de Taxi (Seetaxi) - the from door to door private transport service,constitutional and reactivated the fines to those...

Argentinean Court Orders Nationwide Block of Uber, Denies Request to Jail Executives

(Q24N) A Buenos Aires judge has ordered a nationwide block of Uber. Internet providers are to block Uber throughout Argentina starting Monday, January 30, Prosecutor Martín Lapadú said; however, the request to arrest the directors of the company was not approved. “Uber breached a court order that barred it from...

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