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Mobility Law submitted, could see Uber legalized in coming weeks

Cancun, Q.R. — A recent push through State Congress could see Uber legalized in early 2018.

During a recent hearing, the Mobility Law was presented in State Congress noting that Uber will stay to operate in Benito Juárez, but will have to be regularized.

Fernando Zelaya, deputy president of the Communications and Transport Commission, said that the regularization of Uber is not expected to affect taxi workers and warned that new transportation options have to be opened in the state.

Zelaya said that with this new law, Quintana Roo will be integrated into the list of nine other states with a regulation that allows for mobility competition. The new law also means all automobiles that circulate in the state must have third party damage insurance.

The Mobility Law recognizes the private transport service, public transport service and the transport service contracted through digital platforms such as Uber, who will require a permit issued by the Mobility Institute.

The governor will have the power to grant the authorizations to those that meet the requirements, providing them with valid authorization for 10 years, but the the requirement of an annual endorsement.

Drivers for all companies will need to be accredited with new requirements including comprehensive vehicle insurance in favor of the passenger and against damages to third parties, not having been discharged or suspended from any other company that mediates the hiring of the transport service and proof of residence in the state for at least the last two years. Each driver will also have to provide a letter stating they are without a criminal record.

With this new law, officials have proposed to create the Mobility Institute, the body that will become responsible for conducting the mobility policy in the state as well as managing the administrative and infrastructure tasks that are associated with it.

The Institute will have its own assets and will be part of the Ministry of Territorial and Sustainable Urban Development. It’s governing body, the board, will be chaired by the secretary of Sedetus and composed of the heads of Segob, Sema and Sefiplan and headed by the mayor’s office.

This institute will issue all transport driving licenses, as well as documents for vehicles to circulate, and must design and execute ongoing training programs for those participating in the different modes of transport.

As well as constituting technical committees, the new body will be required to provide a user service center for the reception of complaints and requests for information. Once the law is approved, it will be mandatory to have a Comprehensive Mobility Program at the state level as well as a Road Safety Program.

The proposal has been sent to council where, over the coming weeks, it will be reviewed. If approved, Uber could be legalized in the state of Quintana Roo early next year.