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Cancun taxi drivers submit request for fare increase

Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun taxi drivers have submitted a request to the government to increase fares in the municipality by 30 percent.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation (Sintra) says that they have received a request from the Andrés Quintana Roo Taxi Drivers Union to increase their rate by 30 percent, which would be about 10.5 peso.

The possibility of the increase is being evaluated by the authorities, however, they say that the 30 percent increase will not be authorized. If there is a rate increase, it will be a lower amount which will be subject to evaluation, explained Alejandro Ramos Hernández, director of Sintra.

The current law and the new mobility that is about to come into play, establishes that increases must be approved by authorities and that fares must be public and visible to all passengers. The law also says that taxi drivers must comply with schedules, routes, itineraries, operating territories and approved rates.

Ramos Hernández says that for an increase to be approved, there are several factors that will be considered such as the renewal of the vehicle fleet, since there are many that are more than 10 years old and in poor condition.

It wasn’t until this year that authorities begun removing old taxis from the streets and demanding the upgrade of others in poor condition. There are more than 1,550 taxi drivers in Cancun that belong to the Andrés Quintana Roo Taxi Drivers Union.

There was no word on when a decision about the Cancun taxi rate increase would be announced.