The Uber Fight Begins: First Two ‘Uber Cars’ Confiscated By Traffic Police

By Rico

Volkswagen placa 736244 y el Peugeot placa 672402.

First two Uber vehicles, a Volkswagen plate number 736244 and a Peugeot plate number 672402 sit in the Policia de Transito San Sebastian impound yard.

QCOSTARICA – A Peugeot and a Volkswagen were the first vehicles taken out of circulation by the Policia de Transito (traffic police) for providing private transport services through Uber, which began operating at 4:00pm Friday, despite the opposition by the Ministry of Transport (MOPT).

The deputy director of the traffic police, Sonia Monge, said the two vehicles were confiscated, being held at the San Sebastian impound lot, applying the same law used against the illegal informal taxis.

Monge said the Volkswagen was stopped by police in Zapote, while the Peugeot was circulating in the downtown area of San Jose, near the Parque Central.

The deputy director emphasized that at 4:20pm, six officials of the Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (GOE) – Special Operations Group of the traffic police began their patrols in fight against illegal transport in the country.

According to the depute director, Uber is just a new factor in the continuing problem.

Uber spokesperson in Costa Rica, Rocio Paniagua, said that the company will follow the same trend in the water and electricity sector where the Attorney General’s office … continue reading