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Uber Wins Battle Against Public Service Commission

By on August 12, 2016

SAN JUAN – Ride-hailing service company Uber won against the Public Service Commission (CSP by its Spanish initials) and will be able to operate under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Transportation and Public Works Department (DTOP by its Spanish acronym). In a 32-page ruling, Judge Ángel Pagán determined that the jurisdiction of that company falls upon DTOP, which had drafted regulation for Uber to operate on the island.

(David Ramos / Getty Images)

(David Ramos / Getty Images)

The CSP had asked the court to paralyze Uber operations so it would comply with regulations the agency imposes on public transportation providers, a petition the court rejected.

Uber challenged the jurisdiction of that agency and DTOP accepted the request.

By allowing its operations, the court said that “we join other jurisdictions around the world that have resolved similar controversies.”

The rules drawn up by DTOP govern Transportation Network Companies and are similar to regulations in effect in 33 states and 70 cities.

The company said in a court filing that applying the same rules required for taxis would create an insurmountable barrier for residents who wanted to become Uber drivers.

Uber began service in Puerto Rico last month. Thousands of people registered as drivers for the San-Francisco based company as the island struggles through a 10-year economic crisis.

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