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The Constitutional Court of Colombia has recently laid down a sanction that suspended for 25 years the licenses of platform drivers such as Uber, Didi and Cabify, stating that the law does not cover this type of service.
Transport applications have caused the anger of traffic authorities in the country, where its use is widespread but illegal.
However, the Constitutional Court has determined that the law that regulated the 25-year sanction refers exclusively to cases where drivers drive under the influence of psychoactive substances or alcoholic beverages.
"People who illegally transport individuals will be governed by the previous rules ... which indicated a maximum term of three years of suspension," said Gloria Ortiz, President of the High Court.
In mid-August, Uber was sanctioned with a fine of more than $629,000 for obstructing an administrative visit and breaching orders from the entity responsible for protecting free competition and consumer rights.
In Colombia, Uber has more than 2.3 million active users and around 88,000 driving partners, although the private transport service through technological platforms is not legislated and the drivers who provide it face the risk of being fined.
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