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Colombia Unveils Punishments, Fines for Uber Users and Drivers

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Aug 5, 2016, 11:54 am
The fines are based on Article 9 of the Act which states that those who violate the laws of transport may be penalized. (Sputnik)

The fines are based on Article 9 of the Act which states that those who violate the laws of transport may be penalized. (Sputnik)

EspañolThe Colombian government announced Thursday, August 4 that sanctions will be brought against users of the transportation phone app Uber.

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Transport, the Superintendency of Ports and Transport and the Traffic Division of the National Police, all of which noted that the penalties may extend to 3 companies which are affiliated carriers and even passengers on board of a vehicle that is providing the service through Uber.

The announcement is part of an emergency plan presented by the Ministry of Transport on June 12, 2016.

Fines will be based on Article 9 of Law 105 of 1993, which states that those who violate or facilitate the violation of the existing rules for the provision of individual transportation of passengers, including services using technology platforms, may be penalized .

According to the Publimetro website, penalties include:

  • Suspension of driving license
  • Immobilization up to 40 days for individual vehicles or public transport
  • Investigating owners of public service vehicles that are infringing on transport

Sanctions on companies:

  • Cancellation of the authorization to provide public transport services
  • Cancellation of vehicle operation cards

Since the private service through the mobile application was installed in Colombia, it has had to endure constant attacks from taxi driver unions and official authorities. However, in a survey by Radio Caracol, about 78 of every 100 people prefer the service provided by Uber than that offered by conventional taxis.

Sources: Caracol, Publimetro.

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Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.