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The things has to do with legal aspects contemplated in the Panama's legislation system.   It was easy to allow Uber to work when they were only a very personnel and exclusive transportation system.  

Maybe they can get on with business now. I've used UBER many times in Panama City. Great company for Panama. Never waited over 5 minutes for an Uber Taxi. Watched the taxi on the interactive map enrou

I'm actually sorry to see this. There are so many good "drivers" in PC who already have been affected by the Copa direct flights to Tocumen because a large part of their business was transferring pass

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We took 2 Uber rides in Panama City yesterday.  The first was ~4 km and took 25 minutes (rush hour) and cost $4:18.  The second was ~3.2 km and took 12 minutes and cost $2.53.  I'm sure that, as gringos, we'd have been charged much more if we'd taken a yellow taxi.

These prices are ridiculously low, and we cannot see how the drivers make any money.

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Uber and Cabify  win court battle to accept cash payment

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Posted 03/01/2020

Uber and Cabify users will be able to pay cash after Panama’s Supreme Court (CSJ) declared void, the prohibition of payment in cash f for transport services offered through online technologies.

The decision of the CSJ, dated December 26, , recognizes the right of consumers have to receive quality services and the freedom of choice they have to choose them.

The ruling states that “the user of this transport service, transformed into a consumer, in his relationship with the supplier, is free to choose, and that the activity is provided with equal status and access, which translates into public services must be the same for all individuals . ”.

It also says that “it is unfair for those people who, do not have access to a credit card or are in a certain geographical area, cannot use a passenger land transport service offered through technology, when everyone as user of a service or consumer has the right to request and receive a transport service quickly and safely ”.

In addition, the court declares void, , the rule that prohibits the provision of the service outside the provinces of Coclé, Colón, Panama and Panama Oeste.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/uber-and-cabify-win-court-battle-to-accept-cash-payment

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Uber reactivates cash payments,plans David expansion

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Posted 06/02/2020

Uber customers in Panama will no longer  need a credit card  as  the company  reactivated cash

Collection following a Supreme Court ruling that declared the prohibition of payment in cash for the service provided by this and other transport platforms “illegal”.

Uber’s regional general manager, Gabriel Gutiérrez, said this is not only good news for users, but also for drivers who saw their earnings affected. He added."The driver-members will have the right to choose whether they want to make the trips in cash or not.

He also announced that based on the court ruling that geographical restrictions illegal they will start their extension plan, in  David, Chiriquí.

As of today, the process of affiliation of partner-drivers will be activated in David  said Gutiérrez and when the appropriate moment is estimated, the date to start operations and the expansion plan will be announced

Currently, this platform only provides the service in the provinces of Panama; West Panama, and Colon.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/uber-reactivates-cash-paymentsplans-david-expansion

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Shipping: Service Offer in Panama Increases

In this scenario of changing habits, the company Uber announced that in the Panamanian market it will make available to its customers a new service of sending articles, which will be called Uber Flash.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

For more than three months, when the first cases of covid-19 were reported in Panama, the population has been subjected to strict quarantine, which has forced companies to diversify their services.

See "E-Commerce: What do Consumers Want to Buy?"

Gabriel Gutiérrez, Uber's general manager for Panama and the Caribbean, told Martesfinanciero.com that "... Uber Flash is an innovation that represents an integral solution. It allows the sending of articles without exposing users, all through Uber's app."

The article adds that "... Uber Flash also arrives to offer more options to distribution partners so that they can generate additional profits. The functionality is a testimony to Uber's commitment to maintaining social distancing policies."

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Uber Flash is available from the province of Panama to Panama Pacifico, and will deliver items by motorcycle that fit comfortably in the backpack of the delivery partner, the executive explained.

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Shipping_Service_Offer_in_Panama_Increases

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