The Uber dream was short lived: a mere 24 hours after the ride-sharing app was launched in the City of Buenos Aires — thwarting previous City Government declarations that the service was illegal according to local legislation — a court has ordered the suspension of Uber’s operations in the capital.
But it would appear that the cessation order has fallen on deaf ears: when contacted by local media publication Infobae, Uber responded that it would continue operating “normally.”
Judge Víctor Tronfetti requested the Government Control Agency to look into whether Uber went through the appropriate channels to officially become a passenger-transporting service in the capital. The agency reportedly has five days to respond with its findings.
Meanwhile, it sounds like Uber will just keep on ubering.
This is just the continuation of anti-Uber responses in the city: after declaring the service illegal, the Buenos Aires Transportation Secretary Juan José Méndez yesterday said that Uber vehicles would be towed if found operating in the capital, all the while taxi drivers blockaded major roads in protest.
This latest court order was in response to a taxi union request to put a stop to the service.
Since 2014, Uber has operated across other parts of Latin America including Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Panama.