Uber says it will support drivers fined by police in Costa Rica 

By Zach Dyer

Uber went live in Costa Rica Friday afternoon but within hours the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) announced that it had fined two of the ride-hailing service’s drivers, according to a Facebook post from the ministry. As MOPT denounced Uber, it released a statement repudiating any violence against the company’s drivers after photos of a car with smashed windows surfaced on social media in the pre-dawn hours Saturday, reportedly showing a vehicle that was damaged because it was working with Uber.

MOPT has called Uber an “illegal public transportation service,” a distinction the company refutes. According to a statement from the ministry, Vice Minister of Transport Sebastián Urbina said that Uber drivers caught by Transit Police would have their vehicles impounded and fined ₡103,544.10—an amount that apparently continues to change—and lose their license plates.

En este momento el #MOPT está decomisando el primer #UberTico en el Parque Central. Esto es lamentable. RT RT RT RT pic.twitter.com/IjFbMlmXm0

— Ale Mora (@djalemora) August 22, 2015

Rocío Paniagua, spokeswoman for Uber Costa Rica, told The Tico Times that the drivers whose vehicles were impounded have the “full legal and economic support” of the company. She said that … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times