UBER in Panama is on a par with “pirate” transportation according to the Transport Authority (ATTT) and hefty fines are being handed out to those detected attempting to provide the service.
The news was welcomed by taxi drivers who mounted a protest on Avenida Balboa with a convoy of yellow hornets , on Tuesday March 29
In the meantime government tax inspectors (DGI) descended on an Uber job fair
"TheUber platform is violating the law," said Taxi union leader Rafael Reyes, adding that similar protests were underway in Argentina and would continue Wednesday and beyond in Panama. "It is a right that we have paid for”
He asked the ATTT to halt the operations of the company.
Ulysses Calvo, director of legal advice at the ATTT said that Uber is outside the "transport scheme" and that, for example, the airport has sanctioned drivers who have been providing the service of that company.
The penalty imposed, he added, is "piracy", which is $ 150 for the first time. And the second would be $ 300.
Asked if Uber was illegal in Panama he said: "Well, if we apply the piracy sanction it means that it is not within the framework of legality," said the official.
Calvo also urged taxi drivers to improve service and charge a fair price for the user to avoid other options.