End to the impasse in tourist transportation: Uber agrees to register in the DR

The transportation service platform Uber agreed with the Dominican government to register as a provider of these services, which puts an end to the impasse it had with companies in the transportation sector.

The announcement was made after concluding a meeting of the Tourism Cabinet with Uber’s main executives in the region, where it was also agreed that the company will register a database with its affiliates at the National Institute of Transit and Land Transportation (Intrant).

At the meeting, headed by the Ministers of Tourism, David Collado, of Defense, Lieutenant General Carlos Diaz Morfa and the Legal Advisor of the Executive Branch, Antoliano Peralta Romero, were present on behalf of Uber, Sylvia Alvarado, director of public policies Caribbean and Central America and Andean Region; Luis Diego Oreamuno, manager Public Policies Central America Public and Juanita Aguirre, Economic Director of Political Section of the United States Embassy in the country.

The meeting was also attended by a commission of the Association of Hotels and Tourism (Asonahores), headed by its president and executive vice-president, Rafael Blanco Tejera and Andrés Marranzini, respectively, the entity that facilitated the public-private meeting to facilitate the viability of a dialogue to provide solutions that provide security and good service to users of private transport services in the tourist areas of the Dominican Republic.

Minister Collado welcomed the agreement and defined it as a great step forward to guarantee a much more efficient service in favor of cab users.

“This agreement is something extraordinary and something that everyone wanted. We reached a pre-agreement that in the next few days will be announced publicly, which shows the capacity for consensus of President Abinader’s government,” he said.

In addition, the minister indicated that “today’s meeting was very fruitful, Uber publicly admitted that the Dominican State has not had any inconvenience for them to work through its platform in the Dominican Republic”.

“Between now and Tuesday the company committed to register and that tomorrow there will be another meeting at the Legal Consultancy of the Executive Branch and they will agree on the work table they already had with Asonahores, with the owners of the hotels and airports on how they are going to work,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Defense said that tomorrow’s meeting will be “to define some points of the legal part, to register in the country as a transport entity, to bring the documents that are necessary for that and to send the list of drivers that they have, vehicles, license plates”.
At the meeting, held at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo Hotel, the Tourism Cabinet called on Intrant to ensure that the companies providing tourist transportation services carry out their registration process before that body, within 15 days as of October 29.

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