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Puerto Rico police to crack down on Uber in tourist zones

By on December 13, 2016

SAN JUAN — Police in Puerto Rico say they will crack down on Uber drivers who attempt to pick up passengers in designated tourist zones in San Juan including airports.

In this July 15, 2015, file photo, Uber driver Karim Amrani sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport parking area. Uber said Thursday, April 7, 2016, it will pay at least $10 million to settle a case in which California prosecutors alleged it misled passengers over the quality of its driver background checks. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Tuesday’s announcement comes after police met with Uber employees and cab drivers following a weekend protest that paralyzed traffic in the capital of San Juan. Cab drivers organized the protest after accusing Uber drivers of encroaching on their territory.

Police urged cab drivers to take down the license plates of Uber drivers instead of physically confronting them. Cab drivers have increasingly clashed with Uber employees since the ride-booking company began service in Puerto Rico in July.

Police said Uber drivers could face penalties ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 if they violate a law that bars them from tourist zones.

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