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Sintra demands old taxis be removed from Playa roads

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — In a bid to upgrade standards, the ministry of transportation is requesting old model taxis be purged from circulation.

Jesús Pastor Martín Medina, general secretary of the taxi drivers’ union Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, says that they will comply with the demands of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation (Sintra) who are requesting old taxis be taken off Playa del Carmen roads.

He says the request that small cars such as Tsuru and March be withdrawn from circulation in areas where there are known large groups of tourists, both foreign and national. Small cars transporting large groups of visitors does not provide comfort for the passenger, he says.

Martín Medina adds that Sintra has also requested that all taxis five years and older be removed from the road, which he says, will see at least 30 percent of their vehicles taken out of circulation.

The secretary of the taxi drivers union said that they will apply these recommendations from Sintra so that union members have more competitiveness, although he admits that there is no possibility for Uber to operate in Playa del Carmen given the amount of problems they have experienced in Cancun.

“Uber is interested in the tourist area of Cancun, definitely not in Playa del Carmen,” he said.