Uber Regulation Proposed in Panama

The use of a certificate of operation, the identification of the car with Uber's logo and the fact that the driver has a type E1 license are some of the proposals that a bill presented to the Assembly compiles.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

On September 9, a bill was presented to the National Assembly to amend "Executive Decree No. 331 of October 31, 2017," by which it is intended to impose requirements on drivers who provide the transport service through the Uber platform. See full initiative.

The proposal was born after the pressure exerted by groups of transporters in the country. A statement of the Assembly reported that on September 9 was "... given courtesy of room to the transport guilds that expressed their disapproval of dumping with the Uber service and pirate buses. This group asked the commissioners to intervene in the good treatment that should be given to people with disabilities who use this type of service."

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In response, Congresswoman Cenobia Vargas presented an initiative. Vargas explained to Laestrella.com.pa that "... The proposal advocates that the company continue operating, but with some conditions. Among them, the payment of taxes, the use of a certificate of operation, identification of the service in the car and an adjustment in tariffs. We are going to present a draft that allows the competition of the transport sector to be equal. That those who drive Uber can obtain a type E1 license.'"

The article adds that "... Uber said to be interested in exploring a more inclusive regulation, which takes into account all users of the application, both those who pay in cash and those who cancel through electronic means. Currently, more than 50% of users pay in cash."

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