Uber: Yes or No?

Six months after the vice president of El Salvador himself welcomed the company into the country, the transport authorities now say the service is illegal and intend to suspend it.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Deputy Minister of Transportation, Nelson García, warned that they will start to fine and confiscate vehicles that are providing private transport services via the application, because it is considered illegal in the country. 

The internal incongruity of the Sánchez Cerén administration is such that a few hours after the announcement of Vice Minister García, authorities at the Ministry of Economy met with representatives of Uber "in search of mechanisms to regulate and facilitate their operations in the country."

A statement from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce states that "...Minister Tharsis López made the technical team of the MINEC available to UBER representatives in order to help elaborate and promote a reform to the legal framework, in order to reach a consensus with the VMT and initiate the corresponding procedure."

See also: "Uber and business freedom"

Elsalvador.com reports that "...It is illogical how the government contradicts itself, as today the vice minister of transportation made this announcement, but in May, the vice president of the Republic, Óscar Ortiz, welcomed Uber and applauded the fact that it gave Salvadorans job opportunities." See: "Uber is well received in El Salvador"

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