Uber counterattacks and gets provisional license in Puerto Rico

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While embroiled in legal controversy in Puerto Rico, Uber received endorsement of the Department of Transportation and Public Works [DTOP-Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas] to operate on the Island. Uber began operations in Puerto Rico on July 11, 2016.

While judge Rebecca de León Ríos issued her judgment in the case between the Public Service Commission (CST) and the company [named] Uber, the Department of Transportation and Public Works gave this company a temporary license to operate in Puerto Rico.

This threatens de León’s determination to halt Uber operations in Puerto Rico based on the fact that the company had no license to operate from the TSA [CST] or the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP).

Yesterday, in a written statement, Uber said that the company will request that the judge reconsider, in light of the temporary permit obtained the same evening of the sentencing.

“The Public Service Commission has achieved its goal of slowing [our] progress in Puerto Rico. We have been ordered to cease operations by the Court and we will comply with the request. However, it is important to note that prior to receiving the order, the Department of Transportation and Public Works issued a provisional permit in favor of Uber and we will be filing a motion for reconsideration before the Court as soon as possible,” said Julie Robinson, Uber’s communications manager for Central America and the Caribbean. [. . .]

For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/tribunales/nota/ubercontraatacayobtienepermisoprovisional-2221602/

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