- Oscar Sulbarán
As of January 15, taxi drivers and tourism transport in Panama will incorporate a technological platform for the use of the service. According to what Gilberto Atencio, union representative, told TVN television, “the service will aim at providing security to the user and also to regulate drivers to dress appropriately, to have their proper identification and to provide the service as it should be. The service of paying by credit card will also be available.”
This action on behalf of the drivers comes when the first part of Executive Decree 331, which regulates Uber service, becomes effective. Let us remember that the legal measure restricts the payment in cash in these units, that drivers have an E1 type license, the drivers must be exclusively Panamanians and also that the vehicles are not more than seven years old.
Uber through a press release informed that they are already beginning to comply with these established rules: “With changes like these, it is estimated that you will have to wait a little longer for your Uber and you could experience an increase in fees in your trips, as many leading partners have not yet been able to process the license required by the Decree. 18% of the drivers have already submitted the license, but a remaining 73% who are also Panamanians and are eligible to receive it have not completed the process.”
The transport company also informed that users in Panama will be able to pay in cash until the month of May.