November 2nd, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) A group of non-formal taxi and private transport drivers, known as “porteadores”, who are part of the National Forum for Public and Private Transportation Services, are threatening to national strike within the next 15 days, if the leaders of the Public Works and Transportation Ministry (MOPT, in Spanish) do not come to terms with them.
Their grievances surround the issuance of special operating permits, which according to them, were not issued in a fair and organized manner. The group says that MOPT has been unwilling to negotiate so far.
Yuribeth Mendez, representative of the National Public and Private Transportation Organization, made the announcement on Thursday.
Mendez Stated that there is a series of abnormalities in the manner in which the Public Transportation Council (CTP) went about issuing permits.
Marielos Alfaro, legislator from the Movimiento Libertario party, presented a motion to investigate the CNP, and asked Costa Rica’s President, Laura Chinchilla, to intervene.
According to the legislator, the CNP is in a state of disarray.
Alfaro said that no regulation outlining the issuing process for the permits was ever put in place. She also said that those who were denied permits have no certain way of disputing the denial.
Such strikes usually involve blockades of important transportation routes in the Central Valley and throughout the country.