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Cancun taxi driver videoed assaulting private citizen for not giving way

Cancun, Q.R. — An investigation into an assault by a Andrés Quintana Roo Cancun taxi driver against a citizen has resulted in the indefinite suspension of the taxi driver.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra) says that a video recorded by another driver shows only the physical altercation between the two men and not the reason for the altercation, claiming that the taxi driver was the victim.

However, the man from the private vehicle filed a police report stating the he was not the initial aggressor, but instead, was defending himself against the taxi driver who became irate after the man in the private vehicle did not move to allow him to pass.

Mauro Carvajal Gutiérrez, Labor Secretary of the Andrés Quintana Roo Taxi Drivers’ Union says, “We listened to the other party and applied the temporary sanction against the taxi driver because the man turned out to be the aggrieved.

“We invited him to file a complaint with the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), and until there is a verdict, we will determine if the sanction is final or if the taxi driver can rejoin.

“On the part of the individual, we do not have any complaint. That I want to point out,” he added.

Through a statement, the state agency stressed that the facts that were captured on video by another driver are being investigated, where the driver of the unit is observed assaulting a person for not giving way.

“If the driver of the public service taxi is responsible, the sanction will be against the owner of the concession, since the penalties for the drivers correspond to the taxi drivers’ union,” Sintra clarified.

The secretariat stressed that it does not accept or endorse any violence and demanded that concessionaires and drivers work with strict adherence to the legality and legal framework of the state, with respect and without violence.