The Consejo de Transporte Público will take a week to come up with changes in regulations that cover what are being called special transports or servicio de porteo. Many are drivers who work in tourism.
A decree appeared in the La Gaceta official newspaper Oct. 15 tightening the controls of the central government over such workers. The drivers engaged in slow-moving protests Monday and eventually met with transport ministry officials.
The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that the rule that each driver must have a contract with those who are being carried will not be waived.
In addition the vehicles involved must be approved by the consejo and the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.
The drivers argued that under the rules set down Oct. 15 only big corporations would be able to do the work.
Casa Presidencial and the ministry appear to have failed to obtain input from the drivers before issuing the changes.