Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Uber drivers protest in San José

August 30, 2018

Dozens of Uber drivers protested in Costa Rica on Tuesday and blocked traffic demanding the right to work. The protest came in the midst of police operations that prevent them from providing their service.

“The people choose, we just want to work,” read one of the banners. They were fighting back against pressure that taxi drivers are exerting on authorities to stop rideshare services like Uber.

A group of about 70 people blocked traffic, while others conducted a sit-in in front of the Casa Presidencial to demand a meeting with President Carlos Alvarado. Some taxi drivers in the area threw rocks and shouted insults at the demonstrators, who arrived without their vehicles to avoid being fined.

“We want the police operations to stop and the legalization [of Uber],” Marvin Castro, a driver who participated in the demonstration, told reporters. His colleague Eduardo Delgado said that 30 of the 57 lawmakers supported the bill that legalizes the operation of Uber and other ridesharing platforms.

In recent weeks the transit police have launched operations against Uber-drivers, after large demonstrations of traditional taxi drivers, who have seen demand for their service drop.

Uber has become popular in Costa Rica for its lower prices and the convenience of ordering rides through mobile devices, which is safer for users.

Driver Elena Chinchilla criticized the government for refusing to receive the protesters and warned that some of them are willing to sleep at the protest until the president agrees to meet with them.

You may be interested

Immigration Administration clarifies new Costa Rica entry policies
Costa Rica
5278 views
Costa Rica
5278 views

Immigration Administration clarifies new Costa Rica entry policies

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 3, 2020

The Immigration Administration on Monday clarified who can legally enter Costa Rica in August. Residents who were issued an entry…

Costa Rica cancels traditional year-end celebrations
Costa Rica
20697 views
Costa Rica
20697 views

Costa Rica cancels traditional year-end celebrations

AFP and The Tico Times - August 3, 2020

The Costa Rican capital announced on Monday the suspension of its traditional end-of-year celebrations, given the spread of COVID-19 in…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Monday, August 3
Costa Rica
21744 views
Costa Rica
21744 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Monday, August 3

Alejandro Zúñiga - August 3, 2020

Costa Rica announced nine new coronavirus-related deaths over the past day for a total of 171, according to official data…