JAMAICA OBSERVER – The Trinidad and Tobago government said that it is seeking legal advice to determine whether or not the ride sharing app Uber can continue to operate in the country less than 24 hours after it began operations here.
The Ministry of Works and Transport in a statement released on Monday night said while Uber is known internationally, local authorities were concerned over the legality of its operations within this jurisdiction.
“A major concern of the Ministry of Works and Transport in the operation of Uber is whether private vehicles would be used for hire,” the ministry said, making reference to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, which states “no person shall drive on any road, a taxi registered as such, unless he is the holder of a taxi-driver’s licence issued to him by the Licensing Authority under these regulations”.
According to the ministry, when you travel with an authorised taxi, you are ensuring the relevant checks and balances have taken place.
“Further, the use of a private vehicle for hire is contrary to its registration. The public is advised that no private vehicle should be used for hire,” the ministry said.