Just wondering, so all the time Uber has been here it's been illegal (I know close to nothing about them and don't use them, just for reference...)
What MikeFisher says above sounds Uber is the problem, but from below quote, the DR govt is the problem:
"Abinader remarked during the signing that the violent events between these transporters have been going on for years “and it is up to us to resolve the situation”. “Uber has been operating for years without being able to register legally, something we have insisted on, and we are reaching that agreement,” the head of state added."
Quoted from here: https://dr1.com/wordpress/2021/03/2...and-regulated-tourism-taxis-in-tourism-areas/
As said, I have not used Uber, but my experience from tourist taxis here is not positive: Years ago, we spent a day in Playa Dorada and needed a taxi back to POP. There was a tourist taxi (white small van) near the shopping mall, and we asked him how much. The price was outrageous. In front of him, I called Tecni Taxi in POP to send us a taxi, which they did, but we had to walk all the way to the entrance, where they were waiting for us, as they were not allowed in there. The tourist taxi started swearing like crazy when we left and he realized he lost our business... This Tecni Taxi and for example Apolo Taxi in Santo Domingo had to be registered (I hope...) as they have central and all? Yet the pricing is something completely different than with these "tourist taxis" with Ministerio de Turismo sticker on them...
the taxis you mentioned and used are registered, operating legally.
why they have no access to certain areas, like mentioned Hotel Complex, is because the "Tourist Taxi" is a member of a Taxi association which pays a hefty monthly fee to that tourist complex, to be allowed to operate inside that complex, other Taxi companies, who do not pay that fee, are not allowed to operate on that private property.
it is the same here in Punta Cana(and elsewhere around the country), certain areas(Private Properties) get paid very hefty monthly fees to allow a certian company to pick up guests there.
that is, for example, the case at all Punta Cana Resorts. only one of the present Taxi Companies is allowed to pick up guests at the lobby of each hotel, the two big Taxi Companies here have the hotels split between them.
on the other hand, when any company is bringing a guest back to a Hotel, then the driver is allowed in to drop off the guests, independend to which Taxi Company the particular Resort "belongs".
and then there are numerous Full Tourist Transfer Companies, NOT organized in a association with any of the Taxi Associations, like Myself,
so we pick up and drop off guests at any of all resorts/hotels, of course including every airport of the country.
but you spend years to fight your grounds, show teeth and walk Forward when confronted, before you are accepted within this old fashioned Mafia System.
I went the whole 9 yeards plus a few extra feet during the last 2 1/2 Decades.
during the pioneer times back in the day, flying rocks into windshields of driving Vans and even fired gunshots, been the norm.
could write a book about my personal Taxi/Transfers experiences alone, lol
and that would not include the extra books about things like sinking and/or burning boats, even on calmest Waters and without any fuels on board, hahahaha.
the joys of pioneering a poor and uneducated region, I really don't want to miss a single piece of all the shi.it we experienced here during those times.