Despite the campaign to stop the closure spearheaded by both the company and its users, the ride-hailing app ceased operating in Colombia.
"This is the time to turn words into deeds. Despite massive support, there is still no immediate solution for Uber in Colombia," said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.
Manuel Torres, Manager of Cabify Colombia says he has something very clear about the situation.
"There was no political will, and we believe that now there is," he emphasizes.
This lack of regulation can greatly affect the collaborative economy by which foreign investment would be affected; Colombia plays its position as a destination to invest in this type of measure.
What about the drivers?
According to José Stalin Rojas, Director of the Mobility and Logistics Observatory of the National University, he affirms that most of these drivers either already worked with other platforms or have gradually migrated.
"The number of vehicles that will circulate in the big cities will remain the same," says Rojas.
As for DiDi, its appreciation is that the volume of users is dynamic and they do not directly expect people to move from side to side. However, they say that what makes them different is that they participate in the market with both the taxi service and the private car service, and they affirm: "Technology cannot exclude taxi drivers, but must close gaps."
In the case of Cabify, the company is focused more on taxis, their strategies seek to prioritize the strengthening of cabs by rewarding their drivers to ensure better service.
Ángela María Orozco, Minister of Transportation, argues that the subject of analysis of the ministry is not the technological platforms, but the provision of the public transport service with the best conditions of compliance with the principles of transport: safety, quality, comfort, and continuity for the users.
"The ministry supports all initiatives that contribute to the legality of transport activities," he says.
And in order to move towards regulation, the ministry enabled space to receive proposals from those who are interested in contributing to find solutions to the operation of private transport service platforms.
We will have to wait for the decision of the Superior Court of Bogotá to define, not only the future of Colombian mobility but also its economy.