Uber about to reach NicaraguaEFE January 18, 2017 | 11:41 PM
The Uber private transport network, of American origin, is interested in establishing itself in Nicaragua, reported the main business leadership of the Central American country today.
Although Uber has so far not taken concrete action, “it is important for companies like these take a look at Nicaragua again,” José Adán Aguerri, president of the Higher Council for Private Enterprise (Cosep), told reporters.
Regarding the possibility of Uber services being rejected by traditional taxi drivers, Aguerri mentioned that “it is an issue that must be analyzed in full” and that the objective of a possible opening in the country is not to affect the transport sector.
Nicaragua has a vehicle fleet of about 800,000 vehicles, of which about 25,000 are taxis, according to official figures.
Uber is present in 581 cities of more than 70 countries of the world, among them Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama, according to company data.
Taxi drivers from these neighboring countries and Colombia, among others, reject Uber because they consider that private drivers contacted through the mobile application make unfair competition because they are not supervised by local regulations.
Surely the taxi drivers will try to prevent the arrival of Uber in Nicaragua, but it would seem that the idea of the service coming to the country is inevitable. It will be interesting to see what the pricing of the service is and if it will be a good option to traditional taxis and rental cars.
Also, the service might have higher initial usage rates from foreign tourists who come from place where Uber is already well-established and users already have the app is installed on their smartphones. Your thoughts and comments are welcome below.