Uber launches service with taxi drivers in Colombia | Technology news
BOGOTA (Reuters) – Ridesharing app Uber Technologies Inc will offer access to its platform to regular taxi drivers in Colombia, it said on Wednesday, replicating an initiative already rolled out in other countries of Latin America and Europe since last year.
Uber has launched Uber Taxi as part of an alliance with TaxExpress, a service that will initially be offered in the Colombian capital Bogota and the third largest city of Cali.
As in other countries, Uber faced serious challenges in Colombia amid accusations of unfair competition, which led authorities to order the company to suspend operations in 2019, a decision that was overturned. by a court last year.
Colombia lacks clear regulations for ridesharing apps. While other companies such as Didi and Cabify operate in the country, drivers have faced fines and other penalties for providing ridesharing services, as well as assaults on taxi drivers.
“Having taxis on the platform is a demonstration of reconciliation (…) it offers different alternatives for users,” Marcela Torres, general manager of Uber in Colombia, told a virtual press conference.
Uber Taxi has been operating in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Spain since last year, which represents a change of course for the company in the face of regulatory challenges.
The company reported an adjusted second quarter loss of $ 509 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization – which excludes one-time costs, including stock-based compensation – increasing losses by nearly $ 150 million compared to the first trimester.
“In Colombia we are going through changes and the search for alternatives with old competitors is one of them,” said TaxExpress CEO Jose Hernandez.
(Reporting by Nelson Bocanegra; writing by Oliver Griffin; editing by Bernadette Baum)
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