Sunday 18 August, 2019

Uber: We submitted tax, insurance documents to T&T gov't

Ride-sharing company Uber has refuted claims by government that they did not submit required insurance and tax information to them.

In a statement issued Friday, the company refuted statements made by the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) that the company had not submitted the relevant documents.

Julie Robinson, Uber’s spokesperson, said in a statement that the company has always been willing to provide any information required by the government:

"We received the requirements from the Ministry of Works and Transport, which included insurance information and tax compliance documentation."

"We can confirm that the tax documents were sent via email on two different occasions, to the Director of Legal Services in the Ministry of Works and Transport, as instructed by the Minister."

"The two occasions were on January 2017 and February 2018. Furthermore, we provided insurance documentation in February of 2017."

"We have always been willing to provide any information requested by the government in order to fulfill our mission of expanding innovation and technology in Trinidad & Tobago," Robinson said.

On Tuesday Uber announced that it would be pausing operations in Trinidad and Tobago from May 30, citing "economic and business reasons".

Uber launched in Trinidad and Tobago January of 2017 and to date had over 500 drivers and 7,000 active users in the platform.

The announcement follows the murder of Uber driver Christopher Mohammed on May 17, 2018. There were subsequent reports from other drivers who also became victims of crime while on the job. 

The company issued a statement that it would be reviewing its security measures following Mohammed's murder. 

 

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