Neither Uber nor Cabify have discussed possible regulations on their operation with the Public Transport Council (CTP).
That does not prevent both companies from operating or contemplating expansion plans. Uber has been working in Costa Rica for 14 months, while Cabify confirmed its expansion plans in national territory.
According to Costa Rican authorities, any private mean of transportation should follow the law. However, as for mobile applications, the situation remains unclear.
As a rule in other countries, Cabify approached the authorities to direct their income. However, the company hasn’t explained any additional details regarding its coming arrival in Costa Rica.
On their own, legislator Franklin Corella, from Partido Acción Ciudadana, introduced a bill that regulates collaborative mobility.
The text establishes requirements for mobility collaborative platforms operating in the country. It also creates the National Mobility Fund (FNM), funded by a charge of 3% for every trip a person makes.
The resources generated by the fee will be used for public works to encourage new ways of mobility and urban accessibility, and to which municipalities, social organizations and enterprises may have access.
Corella explained that several legislators have already endorsed the proposal and they intend to make it a law.
The plan establishes the requirements for the operation of private platforms in the country.