Uber Rides Out of T&T

| June 2, 2018

This story by Carla Bridglal of Trinidad & Tobago Newsday wasn’t surprising really. The popular ride-sharing app, Uber, is such a handy way to get from a to b – and of course, removes the issues of people always asking for a ‘ride’ – not because they can’t afford it, but as the transportation system in their area cannot adequately supply their needs.

Uber ended its TT operations after launching in January 2017. In an email to users, Uber claimed that while the “decision was not made lightly,” it believed that, at this time, “there is a lack of proper environment for innovation and technology to thrive in TT.”

Newsday reported that: “While popular with riders looking for an alternative to the traditional public transportation options, the app has had some legal and administrative challenges, notably whether, under the current Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, it was considered legal for Uber drivers to transport passengers. The government has repeatedly stated it is not, while the company was adamant that since it is a technology company and not a taxi service, it is”

Uber, which is headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA, stated that “having made multiple efforts to create a significant change in the country in regards to mobility and opportunities for entrepreneurship, Uber has unfortunately decided to pause its operation in the country.”

In a statement to Newsday, Julie Robinson, Uber spokesperson said, “Desipite the circumstances, we are very grateful for the support we have received since the day we launched the platform in TT.”

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Delia Dolor is an all-round media professional. She produces and presents television, radio and live shows. She is also a public speaker, magazine and print editor.
Delia has been credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication and to have influenced the way talk shows in the Caribbean can influence the lives of others.

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