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Colombia: Uber and Cabify snubbed by Special Transport law

 |  March 21, 2017

Colombia’s government has made official a modification to the Special Transport Services regulations, creating five available types of transport contracts for students, business, tourists, special uses and health services. The changes also establish new terms on the licensing and operation of these services.

One major change in the law prohibits any privately-owned vehicles to be used for these services, in a move that directly affects American ride-sharing company Uber (in its popular Uber X service) and Spanish competitor Cabify.

The Ministry of Transport further points out that any vehicles used for these Special Services must be linked to a duly registered and licensed company, as well as complying with particular requirements such as license plates, colors, and other characteristics defined in the new law. This restriction would further exclude Uber and Cabify, which are still considered to be operating in a legal ‘gray area’. Both companies have expressed their wish to clarify their legal and tax situation.

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