Lawmaker plans to address UBER situation

A lawmaker plans to convene meetings with taxi drivers, operators of digital transport services, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte and the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos.

The goal, said Franklin Corella Vargas, is to draft a bill that will modernize the transport system and reflect the realities of digital communication.

The lawmaker made the announcement after receiving a letter from the Procuraduría General de la República that described the service now being provided by UBER as illegal.

UBER is enlisting local vehicle owners to serve as on-call taxi drivers. Licensed taxi drivers naturally are upset.

The Procuraduría, basically the government’s top lawyer, said that no one could provide paid transportation services without the authorization of the Consejo de Transporte Público.

Government officials have been caught flat-footed because UBER simply began making deals with drivers and offering the service. Traffic police for a time issued tickets to UBER drivers, but the U.S.-based firm is expected to make a strong stand in court, aided in part by the free trade treaty with the United States that is strong on offering services.

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