Uber Challenges MOPT, Plans To Operate in Costa Rica

By Rico

Photo from Uber website.

Photo from Uber website.

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 individuals, between a person giving a private driver service and another person who hires him for it”.

According to Uriarte, the company plans to operate in Costa Rica without prior controls by the Public Transport Council  (Consejo de Transporte Público – CTP), a division of the Ministry of Transport (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes – MOPT), that regulates public transport services such as taxis and buses.

In the world of private enterprise, bad services simply disappear.

Uriarte assures the company will start operating any day now. Earlier this week, Uber announced the hiring of a general manager for operations in Costa Rica, and that it would be looking for several more key people in the area of marketing and operations.

Uber’s intentions are not being well received by the MOPT.

A meeting that had been scheduled for this past Tuesday between the deputy minister of Transport, Sebastian Urbina, and Uber officials was postponed. The … continue reading



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