Ministry Negotiates With Porteadores

September 15, 2006

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) Tuesday continued negotiations with private transportation providers, known as porteadores, according to the ministry’s spokesman Juan Carlos González.

During the past few months, these drivers have spoken out against a bill being analyzed by the Legislative Assembly that would make it illegal for them to operate and make red, official taxis the only legal taxis in the country. An estimated 1,000 porteadores blocked San José streets Sept. 5 (TT, Sept. 8), and the Chamber of National Private Transportation Providers had threatened to use this measure again this week.

These drivers ultimately decided not to protest, though Victor Salazar, a member of the chamber, told Channel 7 TV News there still exists the possibility they will take to the streets again next week.

González said the ministry is “seeking solutions” to avoid future protests. On Monday, MOPT offered to create licenses to allow for an additional 2,773 red taxi drivers and provide “alternative employment” for private drivers if the law is passed.

However, Salazar told the daily La Nación this offer is unsatisfactory.

 

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