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Members of the Union of Costa Rican Taxi Drivers will march Wednesday to demand that courts block the ride-hailing app Uber in Costa Rica.
The ride-hailing company says the fare drop will benefit drivers by spurring greater demand, but several chauffeurs complain that the price gouge comes as many have been struggling to cover their expenses.
Hundreds of taxis blocked Second Avenue and the streets surrounding the National Assembly in San José Thursday morning to protest a bill that could legalize Uber in Costa Rica.
“A group of taxi drivers is using threats and aggression, putting at risk the security of those attending Expo Empleo to look for dignified and sensible opportunities,” Uber Costa Rica said Friday morning in a statement.
Lawmaker Franklin Corella's bill would regulate ride-sharing services — for profit and not — that he said will help address Costa Rica’s congested roads.
While the Sala IV analyzes the complaint, drivers for unlicensed transportation services like Uber essentially have free reign to do business.
After meeting with taxi unions, Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro said Uber, valued at $50 billion, has a “strong negative social impact” on Costa Rica.
The taxi driver said the government was unfair in how it applies the law to unlicensed taxis, known as pirate taxis, and Uber drivers.