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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...

Uber Driver Has Wallet Stolen, Company Tells Him To Talk To Thief About It

QCOSTARICA - Although it seems like a bad joke, a Uber driver who had his wallet stolen from by a passenger is told by the company to meet with the passenger to get it back. The incident occurred hours after the transport app enabled payment...

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...

In Argentina, UBER Drivers Could Face 10 Days in Jail

(Q24N) The Buenos Aires Public Ministry conducted 13 raids Thursday in the offices and homes of Uber managers and drivers. The city prosecutor accused them of violating an order to close down operations in April. Buenos Aires public prosecutors is expected to request that the eight involved receive...

Uber Drivers Hiring Other Drivers To Operate Their Vehicles

(QCOSTARICA) Driven by Facebook, some Uber drivers are looking to hire other drivers to operate their vehicles, in exchange for payment of a fee, working schedule and rules. In the same way the driver/owners of formal taxis, these Uber drivers want to maximize their vehicle's...

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...

Ice Cream So Close You Can Taste It

From TICO BULL - Uber customers can have an ice cream delivered to them on Friday. In 400 cities around the world, Friday is #UberIceCream party. In San Jose (Costa Rica), from 11:00am to 3:00pm, Uber drivers will be deliver to their customers, at the...

Taxis block roads in Uber standoff

TODAY PANAM - The gloves are off between Panama taxi drivers and the Uber system with both sides gearing up to claim their right to serve the city’s traveling public, while the transit authority stands on the sidelines. The actions of the yellow hornet drivers...

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...

Cabify Readying To Give Uber Competition in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Uber Costa Rica is about to get competition. And this one may be a serious one, not like the threats by a grouping of official taxis. No, the competition will be coming from Cabify, a Spanish company already operating in some 18 cities...

Uber Driver Arrested For Fondling Minor

QCOSTARICA - A man identified by his last name Chinchilla, a driver for Uber, was arrested Friday night on suspicion of fondling a 17 year-old girl. The arrest was made in Zetillal de Ipis, in Goicoechea (east side of San Jose), said the Fuerza Publica...

Taxi Drivers Protest Uber’s Presence At Job Fair

QCOSTARICA - They weren't there looking for a job, they were there to protest a company looking to hire people looking for a job. On Thursday, a group of five angry taxi drivers paid their entry to the Expoempleo at the Antigua Aduana (Old Customs)...

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...

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

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...

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...

Taxi Drivers Planning Nationwide Protest Against Uber

QCOSTARICA - It's the new year, the holidays are over and time get back to daily life in Costa Rica, that includes getting the kids for back to school in a few weeks and to take to the streets to protest for something or...

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 and MOPT Meeting A Bust!

QCOSTARICA - It finally happened, Uber representatives and officials of the Ministry of Transport (MOPT) met on Tuesday. But nothing changed. In fact the MOPT used the meeting to remind Uber that the service they are providing, that began on August 21, is illegal. The meeting,...

Uber Drivers In India Go On Strike. Could Same Happen in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Now that Uber has officially, albeit illegal according to the government, started operations in the country, could a strike by drivers be possible? In India, hundreds of disgruntled Uber drivers staged a one-day hunger strike in Hyderabad against denial of promised incentives and...

Fighting the future is futile, the future always wins

QCOSTARICA - In an editorial by the ElFinancieriocr.com of August 22, the newspaper says it is a bad decision of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transport - to ally itself with the taxi and porteadores...

Uber Would Be Willing To Negotiate With The Government, Says General Manager

QCOSTARICA - Uber Costa Rica general manager, Humberto Pacheco, says the company is willing to negotiate with the government and did not rule out the possibility that service be regulated, although he admits that the two sides have not yet reached that point in...

Taxi Mob Attacks Uber Driver

QCOSTARICA - It was just minutes before midnight Friday, just eight hours after the Uber service began operations in Costa Rica, amid opposition by taxi drivers and the government repeating that service is illegal, a group of taxi drivers pursued and damaged the vehicle...

President Solis Considers Uber “Illegal”

QCOSTARICA - "On what Don Otto Guevara (legislator for the Movimiento Libertario) says about using the (Uber) service, it must be made clear that if Transit authorities stop a vehicle in which he is travelling, the driver will be fined," said President Luis Guillermo...

Uber Challenges MOPT, Plans To Operate in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Is Uber looking for a fight in Costa Rica? It may appear so, given the most recent statement by company's director of communication of Uber Mexico and Central America, Luis de Uriarte: "We are a private service; it is a contract between private...

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...

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...

Uber Wouldn’t Have It Easy in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) -- Uber, the American international transportation network company, would have a difficult time to enter the Costa Rica market. In Costa Rica, public transportation service such as taxis or buses, requires a concession (permit). Over the years, the porteadores (the informal taxis) won the right...

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