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State officials fight corruption-related driving offences

Cancun, Q.R. – Tourists who rent cars in Cancun or in other places along the Cancun to Tulum corridor will be receiving a courtesy tourist card along with their rental vehicle.

From now on, courtesy tourist cards will be given to people who rent vehicles and drive in the state while visiting. This new strategy is being set by the department of Tourism of Benito Juarez after numerous corruption-related incidents occurred involving visitors to the state.

Francisco Lopez Reyes, director of tourism Benito Juarez explained that, “Last Thursday I met with my counterparts from Solidarity and Tulum to discuss the importance of having a unique greeting card for visitors who rent a vehicle to travel to their destination. The goal of the unique card is to provide tourists with a courtesy to be excluded for small misdemeanors [from not knowing the rules of the road] committed while driving in Mexico.”

He said that when a tourist is driving and makes a mistake, it is up to the police officer to tell them of their mistake and issue only a warning. The warning is a courtesy for the violation as opposed to being handed a ticket.

This was the first meeting between the directors of Benito Juarez, Solidarity and Tulum tourism where they have proposed the use of the card for those who rent vehicles in the popular tourist corridor.

“Next week there will be another meeting with the directors of tourism throughout the state. For the benefit of all visitors, we are bringing in authorities of the three levels of government  because tourists go from one municipality to the other during their stay,” said Laura Fernandez Pina, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo (Sedetur).

Thomas Polanco Valencia, President Association of Car Leasing, said, “Bookings for the winter season are very good, even better than they were in 2014, especially with the benefit of the exchange rate.”

This new strategy involves the Federal Police, municipalities from Transit and Tourism and Sedetur as well as car rental companies in the state of Quintana Roo. In the state, there are 115 leasing outlets with a total of 22,000 vehicles.

Last year there were numerous corruption-related incidents between local police, tourists and even consular representatives who were stopped while driving leased vehicles.

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