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Illegal taxi drivers hone in on tourist destinations

Cancun, Q.R. – Numerous taxi drivers have been fined around the state of Quintana Roo for providing taxi services without having a license.

During the month of February, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Secretaría de Infraestructura y Transportes) sent out 60 inspectors who fined dozens of taxi carriers throughout the state for what they call pirating on federal roads.

Javier Zetina González, director of the Ministry, said that of the fines handed out, 60 percent were in the tourist destinations of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum and that the average fine was 7,340 peso.

The inspectors have been monitoring different federal highways in an attempt to track down the illegal taxi drivers. They have been focused primarily on high-travel areas like the Riviera Maya and Cancun International Airport.

Zetina González explains, “These taxis are irregular cars and are not allowed to circulate in the state. They come from other parts of the country and take the opportunity to provide services in tourist destinations.”

Legal taxi cars, vans and SUVs in the state of Quintana Roo are fully licensed and belong to varying union districts. Each vehicle is clearly numbered on the outside. The drivers are uniformed and have official identification visibly displayed in the front of their taxi.

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