Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A large group of taxi drivers took to protesting against the shipping company Ultramar, who they say is trying to establish a new transportation service.
More than 100 Lázaro Cárdenas del Río union taxi drivers protested outside the Ultramar ferry terminal in downtown Playa del Carmen voicing their concerns. They say that Ultramar is associated with a second company, BIN, who is illegally offering tours and taxi services, referring to themselves as “Official Taxi”.
Drivers of BIN Offical Taxi are dressed in blue uniforms, picking up ferry passengers and transporting them. BIN also sells tours to the archaeological sites where they offer to drive interested tourists. Lázaro Cárdenas del Río taxi drivers say the company does not have the permits to offer these services.
Local taxi drivers say that BIN only has a concession to transport from a terminal to a destination, stressing that they have plates for passage, not for tourism. Protesting taxi drivers are accusing ex-state governor, Roberto Borge Angulo, of allowing the company to illegally operate.
The company was recently expelled from Cozumel and is recuperating business via Playa del Carmen. BIN has an agreement with Ultramar to take passengers arriving from the island of Cozumel to one specific destination.
Union taxi drivers are demanding Sintra authorities step in to ensure the transportation company is stopped. Sergio González of Ultramar has since said they would terminate commercial advertising relations with BIN.
State governor Carlos Joaquín González and Jorge Portilla Mánica of Sintra stated that, “no company will be allowed to operate outside the law to the detriment of users, whether residents or tourists.”
BIN has several reviews on Tripadvisor, a recent one condemning the company for being aggressive and overcharging.