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More than 100 Cancun taxis removed from roadways, some for lack of driver’s license

Cancun, Q.R. — More than 100 Cancun taxis have been removed from public roadways due to non-compliance with safety guidelines.

As part of the new regulations under the Mobility Law, the Public Security and Municipal Transit Secretariat says they have removed more than 100 taxi units from circulation due to non-compliance with safety regulations.

Jesús Pérez Abarca, head of the Benito Juárez branch, said that these vehicles were temporarily suspended for various reasons including being in poor condition and even for a lack of driver’s license.

“For now there have been around 100 units that have been temporarily suspended or detained because the vehicles put the passenger’s safety at risk because they are in poor condition or the drivers do not carry a driver’s license,” he said.

He said that the the public transport operations will continue into the first months of 2019, to ensure not only quality, but also their physical integrity adding that the inspections also address the safety of tourists who arrive during the holiday season.

The inspections, he says, are in coordination with the three orders of government and other agencies such as Civil Protection and H. Fire Department.

“We continue working in a coordinated manner with the three orders of government and Sedena, Semar, Federal Police, State Police, National Institute of Migration, Fire, Civil Protection and all the services provided by the city depending on whether the city is operable and able to serve all tourists,” he explained.

The Institute of Mobility of Quintana Roo has also announced the withdrawal of concessions to taxis who are involved in criminal acts after complaints were filed with the State Attorney General’s Office.

Jorge Pérez Pérez, director of The Institute of Mobility of Quintana Roo says that after a meeting with the General Secretary of the City Council and the union leader of taxi drivers, it was agreed that they will begin the new action with the removal of the first four complaints of taxi drivers being involved in criminal activity.

“We already warned the union and I now have four investigations in the Office of the Prosecutor, requests for investigations of vehicles that, over the last two months, have been involved in illicit activities.

“When they give me this information and confirm that the vehicles are involved in crime, we can cancel their concession,” Pérez Pérez explained.

In the municipality of Benito Juárez, an average of 8,600 Andrés Quintana Roo taxi drivers operate, and according to the authorities, many fail to comply with security measures and other provisions of the Mobility Law.