• Costa Rica Real Estate

Uber driver threatened in Costa Rica

February 15, 2016
1 Comments

The Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) acknowledged threats against an Uber driver over the weekend in a statement released Sunday afternoon. The reported threats followed a week of tense exchanges between the government and taxi unions over Uber’s operations in Costa Rica.

The daily La Nación reported that a woman who identified herself as an Uber driver called 911 on Saturday evening saying that she had been threatened by a group of taxi drivers in Dulce Nombre de la Unión, Cartago, according to police chief Ronald Solís. The woman left the area before police arrived, according to La Nación. She was not identified.

On Sunday, MOPT issued a statement condemning “any act of aggression, violence or intimidation against taxi drivers, Uber drivers or any motorists that threatens someone’s physical wellbeing and life.

“In light of attacks that occurred in the last several hours, [MOPT] makes a call against such conduct, which resolves nothing and puts citizens at risk,” the statement read.

Newly appointed Transport Minister Carlos Villalta said “we will not tolerate attacks against people who work with Uber. Any act of intimation, aggression, verbal or physical violence or threats is unacceptable.”

Despite denouncing the threat, Villalta said that Transit Police would impound vehicles and fine any drivers operating for Uber if caught.

President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration has maintained that Uber’s popular ride-hailing service is illegal under Costa Rican law. The company disagrees and has continued to expand its service since going online here in August 2015.

Uber released a brief statement Sunday condemning the violence and said the company would support its drivers and cooperate with any investigation.

Saturday’s incident took place after taxi drivers demanded the government block Uber’s app in Costa Rica and protested in front of Casa Presidencial on Feb. 1.

Last week, Taxi driver Virginia Moreira chained herself to a tree outside President Luis Guillermo Solís’ home in the Escalante neighborhood of San José in protest over the government’s inaction in regards to Uber and over current taxi regulations. On Sunday, Moreira was no longer outside the president’s home.

This is not the first time an Uber driver has been reportedly threatened or attacked by red taxi drivers. On Aug. 22, 2015, taxi drivers allegedly smashed the windows of an Uber vehicle.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Update: Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohol
Costa Rica
3587 views
Costa Rica
3587 views

Update: Health Ministry suspects 19 deaths due to adulterated alcohol

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 19, 2019

Costa Rica's Health Ministry last week issued a sanitary alert over liquor that has been sold to the public containing…

Costa Rica to renovate Limón cruise terminal
Costa Rica
414 views
Costa Rica
414 views

Costa Rica to renovate Limón cruise terminal

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 19, 2019

The 193,000 cruise passengers who arrive annually to Costa Rica’s Caribbean will soon enjoy renovated facilities. The Costa Rican government…

Costa Rica named as Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination
Costa Rica
762 views
Costa Rica
762 views

Costa Rica named as Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 18, 2019

Costa Rica was named "Mexico & Central America's Leading Destination" at the 2019 World Travel Awards Latin America. Considered the…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!