Uber shuts down T&T operations

Soca superstar and Uber ambassador Machel Montano.

Uber operations in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) have reportedly been put in park.

Sixteen months into its formal introduction of the service, Neronews understands clients received an email regarding the discontinuance of transport service from the US-based company.

Almost a year ago, the company launched its ride-sharing app to support the service. Service on the app will be discontinued at midnight tonight (Wednesday).

In the statement, Uber said the “decision was not made lightly,” it believed that, at this time, “there is a lack of proper environment for innovation and technology to thrive in T&T.”

The company continued, “Having made multiple efforts to create a significant change in the country in regards to mobility and opportunities for entrepreneurship, Uber has unfortunately decided to pause its operation in the country.”

The company’s entry on the local market was rocky following a spat with the Dr Keith Rowley-led administration over its legitimacy to operate on local soil, citing that Uber’s business model was not in keeping with the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, and it was considered illegal for Uber drivers to transport passengers.

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