Government cannot stop Uber
Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel) president Gedeon Santos has told directors of the Confederacion Dominicana de Taxistas Turisticos (Codotatur) that it is beyond Indotel’s remit to control Uber.
Santos said nevertheless that he is in favor of global businesses such as Uber being subject to some legal controls, but warned that there is no legislation to regulate this type of venture in the Dominican Republic.
Santos met with Codotatur representatives Santiago Zamora, Israel Romero, Israel de la Cruz, Juan Fernandez and Agustin Vasquez on Monday 20 June 2016.
Santos said that Indotel has not intervened and does not plan to intervene in the issue of granting of operation licenses to the Uber taxi company in the DR. He said that the legal guidelines for telecommunications in the country (Law 153-98) do not include and do not allow the telecommunications regulator to grant or deny this type of permit in the country.
Santos said that Uber, which connects vehicle owners in a city with passengers independently, was “a commercial activity that is not subject of regulation by Indotel, in the same way that Indotel cannot regulate online purchases, for example,” he said.
Codotatur has expressed concern about the effect that Uber will have on thousands of taxi operators in the country.
Santos said nevertheless that Congress should pass bills to regulate Uber and the importing of other systems and products from abroad that affect local services and products.
Source: DR1, Acento
June 21, 2016
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