Uber: Proposed law a start, but ‘far from a proposal that encourages innovation’
Uber on Wednesday issued a press release criticizing the Costa Rican government’s proposed law that would formally legalize ride-sharing platforms in the country.
The law would designate Uber as a public service. It would also impose a 13-percent value-added tax and a registration fee of nearly $13,800,000 for companies such as Uber that operated prior to the legislation.
Uber shared its position with The Tico Times on Wednesday afternoon:
“We concluded that, despite being a first step in the direction of regulating collaborative transportation in Costa Rica, the vision of the government is far from being a proposal that encourages innovation, competition and the development of technology,” the statement reads.
The company said a restriction on the amount of drivers would “limit opportunities” and hamper the platform’s expansion. Uber also argued that proposed annual and per-vehicle fees would impact those who use the ride-hailing service as a part-time job.
“These measures mainly affects those who drive only for a fraction of their time to pay for their university studies, to generate extra income for their families, to take care of their children part time,” the statement reads. “[…] This is the reality of a large percentage of the collaborating partners who connect to the Uber application.”
Uber said it hopes Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly engages in “discussions that result in an innovative project that promotes the opportunities of the future and not the limitations of the past.”
Uber officially launched in Costa Rica in August 2015. According to the company, Costa Rica is the Central American country with the highest per-capita use of the service, with more than 22,000 drivers transporting 783,000 registered users.
This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.
You may be interested
Freed Nicaraguan prisoner tells of tortureAFP - April 23, 2019
One Nicaraguan guard pinned his hand to a table with his knee while another ripped out a nail with a…
Costa Rica celebrates 150 years of free educationAlejandro Zúñiga - April 22, 2019
Costa Rica on Monday celebrated 150 years of free, obligatory and state-paid education with a ceremony at the Escuela Jesús…
Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican ClausuraAFP and The Tico Times - April 21, 2019
Liga Deportiva Alajuelense tied 2-2 against the reigning champion, Club Sport Herediano, and was eliminated from the semifinals of the…