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Cancun streets normalize as taxi drivers end Uber protest

Cancun, Q.R. — Taxi drivers from Cancun continued to block roadways and public entrances Tuesday in protest of the newly passed mobility law.

The new law, which will make way for digital transportation platforms such as Uber, was unanimously passed by the state Monday morning. Since then, unionized taxi drivers across the state continued to protest by blocking public highways and roadways, creating chaos and even disrupting flights at the Cancun airport.

President of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies in Quintana Roo, Sergio González Rubiera, acknowledged that the blockages did affect the transfers of many tourists. Tourists traveling through places like Playa del Carmen took nearly two additional hours to reach the airport, delaying the arrival and departure of tourists from hotels in Riviera Maya.

The delays were the result of the nearly 900 taxi drivers who concentrated their efforts on the entrance to the Cancun International Airport and the Cancun Hotel Zone at the height of the roundabout of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion.

However, the new mobility law has been welcome by many. The Caribbean Business Coordinating Council has applauded the approval of the mobility law, congratulating deputies of the Legislature for their courage in pushing the law forward. They were also credited with calling on the government to stop the blockades of taxi drivers.

In a press conference, González Rubiera announced the position of the business organization, noting that the previous law was 30 years old and obsolete.

After the taxi blockades, Uber released a statement saying, “At Uber, we recognize the first step forward that the Quintana Roo Congress has given in favor of a law by reaffirming the rights of its citizens for new and better mobility options as well as opportunities for self-employment.

“We will continue working together with authorities to promote access to mobility solutions and self-employment opportunities that Uber facilitates for the benefit of Quintana Roo. We will be pending the publication of the new Mobility Law of Quintana Roo to determine the next steps regarding the operation of Uber in the state.

“We reiterate our commitment to Cancún and Quintana Roo as well as to its citizens and visitors. We thank all users and Uber’s drivers, civil organizations and private initiative for the constant support they have publicly shown in favor of technology and their right to choose self-employment and how to travel.”