There were plans for an Uber Car Service in Puerto Rico but I don't see any information about it. Anyone has any information as to what happen to the idea?
Someone came up with an uber-like service called Mi Pon. It has not been approved yet, and very likely it will not. The taxi union is very strong, hence the overpriced taxis and absence of shuttle service.
Thanks for the info. Sad to see Unions are anti-choice lol
It's not only because of Unions. We have a lot of Laws, and Regulations in PR regarding Tourist transportation , so that will never happen unless Laws are changed.
Are you saying that Private Car service does not exist?
Private car services to exist, but they are more like limos and Town Cars ... not direct competition to taxis.
Limos do, but not private services, at least not in the metro area where there the taxi turistico operates.
The taxi union did not even let public buses provide service from the parking lot of the convention center to OSJ during last year's San Sebastian St festival.
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Nothing yet! It's going to be hard for Uber to gain a battle against the Taxi driver union in Puerto Rico. Uber must start taking signatures to bring it over to the Puerto Rico Senate and Legislature. Everything in PR revolves around politics and the people's power.
In Puerto Rico permits to operate Taxis franchises or public cars have to be approved by the Comision de Servico Publico (CSP), a government agency that regulates taxis, public cars and other services. I think that this requirement goes against free competition. If the CSP does not grant the permits to Uber, I think this company will go to the Federal Court in Puerto Rico to challenge this law as unconstitutional. There was an agency that regulated the operation of pharmacies in Puerto Rico and prevented the opening of a new pharmacy if it was closer than a determined number of meters from the next pharmacy. Walgreens challenge this law and the Federal Court ruled in favor of Walgreens and the law was declared invalid. I think the same will happen if the CSP denies Uber from operating in Puerto Rico.