Uber starts accepting drivers in Costa Rica but government threatens fines

By Zach Dyer

Uber appears primed to start offering service in Costa Rica soon, following a series of announcements from the company.

Under the name Uber San José the ride-hailing service that has become the bane of taxi drivers around the world has started to accept driver requests in San José.

Also, daily La Nación reported on Aug. 10 that the company had hired Humberto Pacheco Ortiz as its general manager here.

Uber is a smartphone application that allows users to hail private cars and pay for the ride with a preloaded credit card without exchanging cash or cards with the driver. The company is valued at more than $50 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported on July 31.

The company’s website asks driver applicants in Costa Rica to provide their national identification card, driver’s license, authorization for a background check, vehicle circulation permit (marchamo), proof of car insurance, a photo of the vehicle with the license plates visible and the vehicle’s technical revision, Riteve.

Uber appears ready to roll. But the government has told the company to hit the breaks.

Vice Minister of Transport Sebastián Urbina told La Nación that any cars operating with Uber would be considered “pirates” and could face fines of ₡99,000 (roughly … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times