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Uber Cancun says new mobility law restrictive, discriminatory

Cancun, Q.R. — Uber Mexico is asking for justice in regard to the new Mobility Law which would place severe restrictions on the operation of the digital transportation company in Cancun.

Uber Mexico will deliver an alternative proposal to State Congress regarding the mobility plan that has been issued to them. Álvaro Govela, Uber’s Operations Director in Mexico, notes that there are an enormous amount of restrictions being placed upon the company, one of which is not being allowed to accept cash payments from customers.

The proposal mobility plan presented by the Transportation Commission in State Congress is the most restrictive when compared to those in other states of Mexico, including Mexico City, which was the first city in the the country to regulate Uber.

The current mobility plan for Uber Mexico City, for example, sets requirements that include 4-door cars only, cars must 2007 or newer, no damage, offer air conditioning and have a value of at least 200,000 peso. They are also being restricted to debit/credit card payments only, no cash payments can be accepted.

The mobility plan for Uber Cancun states cars cannot be older than four years and must have a minimum value of 220,000 peso. Uber Cancun says that already, these two points will mean 830 of their fleet cannot operate, leaving them with only 230 cars on the road.

The Director of Operations of Uber Mexico did not disclose the points that they will present to the representatives of State Congress, however, they would be related to other Uber cities in Mexico.

“We believe that it is a great step for the State Government to think about the regulation of the transport service, however, the measures presented are against the operators and the users themselves,” added Álvaro Govela.

At a press conference Tuesday, Uber executives accompanied by the presidents of the CCEC and Coparmex Cancún, Eloy Peniche Ruiz and Adrián López Sánchez respectively, described the plan as restrictive and discriminatory.

They made clear their concern for several areas of the Mobility Law, particularly the one that focuses on not allowing cash payments, noting that would leave 40 percent of their clients without the service.

Data provided by the general manager of Uber for Mexico and the Caribbean, Federico Ranero, indicated that over the last three months, the digital platform served 113,000 people in Cancun, of which 60 percent were tourists from 75 countries, many of whom prefer to pay in cash.

Although the director of Uber recognized the great step taken by Quintana Roo in favor of innovation and the collaborative economy, noting that the state has a unique opportunity to put itself at the international forefront with inclusive and modern regulation, they also noted that in the event an agreement cannot be made, their withdrawal from the city of Cancun would generate a negative image of the city worldwide.