Uber Fight: Costa Rica´s Police take Control over Taxis Drivers Protest

Uber Fight: Costa Rica´s Police take Control over Taxis Drivers Protest 

Last night, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública confirmed the apprehension of 74 taxis drivers during their Nationwide Protest yesterday in Costa Rica.  Three men were arrested, one of whom is named as Quesada, who was involved in the assault of police officer, Erick Chaves Sibaja.

The latest figures have confirmed that 3,000 officers were in operation during the protest yesterday at a cost of 72 million colones.  This amount was announced by the director of the Public Force Commissioner, Juan José Andrade Morales, during Tuesday´s late press conference.  In addition, 33 vehicles were seized and 119 fines submitted for violations of the traffic law.

During the protest, police officers intercepted a sinister ploy with the location of scattered nails along the public roads of Coris Carthage. 

This clear intention was designed to cause the maximum impact with potential fatalities, although so far, the culprits have yet to be found.  Further stashes of nails, balaclavas and batons were also confiscated during the protest yesterday.

By mid-day, the leader of the National Taxi Drivers Forum, Gilberth Ureña, announced the group had ended the protest after reaching an agreement with the head of the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP), Roberto Jiménez.  They will meet again on the 16th August to hear ARESAP´s response to their petition to block the Uber app in Costa Rica.

Pura Vida Guide would like to congratulate the police for their sterling work yesterday in keeping the peace and freeing the roads for Costa Rican citizens.  Most Tico´s were prepared for the day by setting off earlier to work, with many claiming the roads were pretty much free of obstruction.

Some drivers in fact, spoke of their commute being one of the best conditions on the west side of San José since they have seen since Romeria!

Our best wishes also go to police officer, Erick Chaves Sibaja for a speedy recovery. 



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