Uber taxis circulate in Santo Domingo
The first reports on the Uber transport service in Santo Domingo are positive. The service began on Tuesday, 2 November 2015, despite opposition by one of the largest transport companies, Conatra.
Listin Diario interviewed Luis Chapman, an unemployed computer systems engineer who joined the network. He is pleased so far with how things are going, and with how payment by credit card through the app means his customers will be from higher socioeconomic levels. He commented that the app helps drivers choose the better routes to avoid traffic. Bottlenecks on main avenues, such as Av. John F. Kennedy, Av. Gustavo Mejia Ricart or Av. 27 de Febrero are known to slow traffic to 5-10km per hour, especially at peak hours.
The established fares for Santo Domingo are a base rate of RD$10 per km and RD$5 per minute, so avoiding traffic jams is important. The minimum rate and the cancellation fee is RD$70.
On 4 November, the US Embassy had sent out a warning to US citizens registered with the Embassy that may use the service.
“The Embassy is aware of recent reports in the Dominican press indicating that existing transportation unions “will not permit” Uber to operate. Uber has experienced opposition to its expansion in other cities around the world; in some cases, this opposition has been violent.
“While the Embassy has not prohibited its personnel from using this service, we recommend that all U.S. citizens pay attention to news coverage for up to date information related to Uber’s service as it begins its operations.”
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Nov 5, 2015
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