Taxi drivers and government agree on some changes

As has usually been the case after taxi drivers blocked key highways and caused a morning of commuter nightmares, government officials agreed to their demands.

The minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, Pedro Castro Fernández, announced in the late afternoon that the number of police assigned to catch illegal taxi drivers would be increased from eight to 40.

In addition, the ministry would take steps to finish by the end of the month the allocation of permissions for former contract drivers who are being assumed into a new category of transport providers.

Operators of bus routes also were involved in the protest that climaxed at Casa Presidencial in Zapote.

The dispute revolves around the former porteadores or contract drivers who are receiving official status under the law.

Expats from all over the country reported road blockades and inconveniences as a result of the protest.

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