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San Juan mayor cancels Uber agreement for San Sebastián St. Festival

By on January 20, 2017

SAN JUAN – San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto announced Thursday evening that she has cancelled the municipality’s agreement with Uber, which specified its service areas.

The decision came after a an Uber driver was allegedly spotted violating the agreement at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday when entering Old San Juan, from which the ride-hailing service is prohibited.

Uber mobile app allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. (iStock)

Uber mobile app allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. (iStock)

Other Uber drivers allegedly tried to get into Old San Juan, which “proves that the necessary steps weren’t taken to ensure Uber” kept followed the agreements, the mayor said in a written statement.

Cruz Soto explained that the agreement was intended to “harmonize the interests of drivers” from different organizations. She said that infringing on the agreement puts all drivers in danger, so the municipality quickly annulled the agreement.

As part of the agreement, Uber vehicles couldn’t enter the San Juan islet and could only pick up and drop off passengers at the Hiram Bithorn Coliseum, Santurce, Sagrado Corazón area, the Puerto Rico Coliseum, and others, where buses leave for the islet.

Now that the agreement with the capital city has been cancelled, the only possibility of using Uber to arrive at a major public transportation hub to the San Sebastián Street Festival is to use the service up to the Cataño dock and take a ferry to San Juan.

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