Wednesday 16 June 2021

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 other.

Uber began operating in Costa Rica last August. The company says they have seen growth in riders and drivers
Uber began operating in Costa Rica last August. The company says they have seen growth in riders and drivers

The first group to announce a protest are taxi drivers, upset about Uber’s  continued operation in the country.

- Advertisement -

According to Ruben Vargas, president of the Costa Rican Union of Taxi Drivers (Unión Costarricense de Taxistas – UCT), they are meeting Monday afternoon to define actions against Uber, that could lead to road blocks and “tortuguismo” (slowdowns) in many areas of the country.

Vargas did not specify a date, only saying it could be as early as in a couple of days, all to be defined at the meeting that starts at 4pm todya. The union leader would not say what areas would be affected and if bus drivers and tourism operators would join in the protest.

“We are readying a nationwide movement to probably stop all traffic countrywide for one day, the strongest action to be in San Jose,” said Vargas.

The UCT is also expected to file a lawsuit in the Administrative Court (Tribunal Contencioso-Administrativo) to pressure the government to block Uber.

- Advertisement -

At the National Taxi Drivers Forum (Foro Nacional de Taxistas), president Gilber Ureña, said they are also preparing measures to pressure authorities.

“Before Wednesday we will have a meeting with drivers and carriers (including tourist operators) to see what action to take,” said Ureña.

The Public Transport Council (Consejo de Transporte Público – CTP), months ago, said Uber must abide by regulations of the public transport if they want to operate legally in the country.

But, since the start of operations last August, Uber has been operating openly and according to the company growing in number of users and drivers.

One Uber driver, speaking to the Q on the basis of anonymity, said he can earn up to ¢50,000 colones working from four to six hours in a shift. Juan (not his real name), typically  works only 4 or 5 days a week, logs into Uber in the evening, working the late hours, seeking out rides between Alajuela, Heredia and San Pedro – longer rides – and even trips to the Pacific beaches.

“I earn more that working a regular job”, said Juan, who has been a Uber driver for almost a month.

- 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

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...


On Monday the vehicle restriction will change, again

QCOSTARICA - In times of pandemic, things change constantly, especially when it is necessary to tighten the belt to reduce the contagion of covid-19. The...

Nicaragua government assures that detainees violated one of the Ten Commandments

TODAY NICARAGUA – The vice president of Nicaragua and First Lady, Rosario Murillo, assured that those who feel persecuted are for the crimes they...

Vaccine Tourism – A Practical Guide

By Amy Gdala, Guest Contributor - The US has a surplus of vaccines, while Costa Rica is struggling to supply sufficient numbers to citizens...

Today’s Covid News: A slight drop in new cases and deaths is seen

QCOSTARICA - Faced with wasting a vaccine dose when people in the priority groups scheduled do not show up, and a substitute cannot be...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction: June 12, “ODDS”

Today, Saturday, June 12, only ODDS can circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save for those under the...

Carlos Alvarado describes calls reprehensible the persecution of Ortega against opponents in Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, described the persecution of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega against opponents as reprehensible after the government...

Tourism sector feels in crisis despite increase in international arrivals

QCOSTARICA - Despite the improvement in tourist arrivals reported in May, with more than 72,000 visitors, both the Cámara Nacional de Turismo (Canatur) and...

The “rebound” effect boosted growth in Costa Rica’s economic activity

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's economic activity registered in April 2021 a year-on-year growth of 8.8%, a figure affected by a “base” or “rebound” effect,...

Today’s Covid News: Contagion rate in Costa Rica remains unchanged in the last week

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica in the last week did not change, a fact that is seen for 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.