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Old taxis being removed from Cancun roads, replaced by new models

Cancun, Q.R. — The Union of Tax Drivers Andrés Quintana Roo have taken 22 older-model taxis out of circulation and replaced them with newer cars.

The Department of Infrastructure and Transportation (Sintra) began to retire old taxis from Cancun streets as of March 1. So far, 22 of the 200 taxis that have been found to be more than 10 years old have been taken off public streets.

Alejandro Ramos Hernández, transport director of Sintra says the move is to locate taxis in poor condition and replace them with newer model cars.

“In these next two weeks, Sintra will make the official request to exchange those units in poor condition. There are some that no longer merit being on the streets for public passenger service. After March 15 infractions and confiscations of old units not yet removed will go into effect,” he explained.

Units that are more recent models, but that have body or interior damage will also be exchanged for units in better condition, even if they are new, he added.

According to information by the Union of Tax Drivers Andrés Quintana Roo and Sintra, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan and Dodge are some of the brands of new vehicles being delivered to operate as taxis.

The director of Transportation said that in total, nearly 1,000 units must be removed from the streets. These cars are either damaged or older than 10 years.