The future of private-hire (ride-hailing) car services in Guadalajara such as Uber is up in the air as the state government and legislature weighs new regulatory measures governing the U.S.-based company and its clones.
Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer advised Tapatios not to use the service following the recent murder of Mara Castilla, a 19-year-old who was found strangled to death after she had taken a ride with Cabify in Puebla earlier this month. The driver was subsequently charged with her murder.
Meanwhile, Governor Aristoteles Sandoval has admitted that Uber is operating “without transparency” and that the company has become a “blind spot” for his administration that he intends to rectify.
The state government is demanding that Uber drivers register with authorities in exactly the same way that drivers of yellow cabs are obliged to do each year. According to Jalisco Government Secretary Roberto López Lara, Uber is the only one of the five Empresas de Redes de Transporte (ERT) app-based services operating in the city that has refused to adhere to state regulations requiring the registration of its drivers and the submission of extensive details about the size of fleets, insurance policies and other company matters.