Uber is object of official warning

The nation’s regulatory agency is moving closer to a crackdown on the Internet taxi service Uber.

The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, restated the law in a news release. The law provides for fines from 2 to 8 million colons for those who transport for hire without authorization. The agency said that the fines apply even if there is technology involved, like a smartphone app.

Clearly the statement was aimed at Uber. The agency said that it would handle the cases administratively. It also warned that the police would impound the offending vehicle.

Taxi drivers are expected to protest again today about the lack of government action against the U.S. firm.

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