QCOSTARICA – An unlikely alliance has been formed between the Ministry of Transport (MOPT), taxi drivers and porteadores (informal taxi), to fight the arrival of Uber in Costa Rica.
The taxi drivers and porteadores see the arrival of Uber as unfair competition, while the MOPT says it is yet another type of illegal service. Joining in are also bus drivers.
The deputy minister of Transport, Sebastian Urbina, warns that paid public transport that is not registered with the Consejo de Transporte Publica (CTP) is subject to a ¢103,000 colones fine and/or the confiscation of license plates.
Urbina rejects the argument by Uber officials that say the service is private.
“Private transport does not exist in Costa Rica; it was removed four years ago when changes were made to the Commercial Code (Código de Comercio) when dealing with the porteadores,” said the deputy minister.
Meanwhile, Uber has said to have begun operations in the country. Although it has yet to offer any service to consumers, on Monday last it announced … continue reading