Cancun, Q.R. — Municipal authorities of Cancun have reported sanctioning more than 30 public transport units in one week due to overcrowding. Rodrigo Alcázar Urrutia, director of Transportation for the municipality of Benito Juárez said “we are fining between three and five municipal public transport units per day. All the fines are for overcrowding.”
He says the fines average 900 peso and are handed out to the operator of the unit, not the company because in the end, he says it is the driver who is responsible for complying with the health protocols established to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.
Most of the units sanctioned are buses, but this is due to the fact that the number of buses run by the concession companies is much greater than that of vans, he said.
He pointed out that despite the epidemiological light progress and the reduction in infections, the number of fines for overcrowding in the units continues. He says operators need to be mindful of the laws adding that passengers should not get on public units that are full.
He noted that the current capacity limit is 50 percent, but during peak hours, the maximum passenger capacity is 70 percent.”
State governor Carlos Joaquin recently detailed increase and decrease Covid figures for the 11 state municipalities. Cancun, he reported, was one of the municipalities with a recorded increase in Covid infections.