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Taxi rate increase requested by unions

Cancun, Q.R. — Customers using taxis in the state of Quintana Roo will likely have to pay more in the near future as unions request a fare increase.

The 17 unions of taxi drivers that operate in the state have requested a fare increase. While the average rate hike request is 30 percent, it is more likely that the Comisión de Regulación de Tarifas will grant an increase of between 10 and 15 percent, explained Jorge Portilla Mánica, Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra).

Portilla Mánica said that the commission has been working for months on the analysis of the proposals submitted by the guilds of the state. A rate increase will be based on studies between the working class and society in general that use this service day-by-day.

Sergio Cetina Valle, General Secretary of Sindicato Único de Choferes de Automóviles de Alquiler recalled that in 2014, an increase of five pesos was requested but only a two peso rate increase was authorized.

“Since 2014 to date we have absorbed the increase of four to five pesos in gasoline, but the current rates can no longer be withstood,” he said.