BOGOTA (Reuters) – Uber driver Juan Jose is quick to cover his cell phone with the red rag he keeps in his front seat whenever he spots a police officer on the streets of Bogota.
Juan Jose, whose car was impounded for the second time last month, is one of thousands of Colombian drivers for ride-hailing applications like Uber (UBER.N), Cabify and Didi who operate in a regulatory no man’s land.
“Obviously you drive really carefully when you’re picking up and dropping off passengers, to be alert to being stopped,” the 41-year-old said, asking his full name not be used for fear the police could track him down.
Ride-hailing apps, which the technology ministry deems legal but transport authorities say are against the law, are just some of the startups and other tech firms under pressure for allegedly violating labor rights, transport laws and e-commerce statues.
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