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Unions protest new passed law that could allow Uber Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — A new mobility law for the state of Quintana Roo has been approved by legislation now allowing other forms of public transportation options to enter the market.

The Congress of Quintana Roo approved the new State Mobility Law Monday. The session was chaired by Deputy Ramón Javier Padilla Balam and unanimously approved by those present.

The approved Movilidad del Estado law will create a decentralized public body and remove monopolistic practices. The law will also have additional purposes including the promotion of mobility programs, improving transportation conditions and monitoring traffic throughout the state.

Currently, the Governor of the State is in charge of the law, however, it will be transferred to the Director General del Instituto to ensure the law remains technical and not political.

The new rules state that a concession will not be granted if it establishes ruinous competition, is detrimental to the interests of the public user or harms public interests. It also states that the service can only be provided by those who have a permit issued by the Institute in strict compliance with the requirements established by law.

Hundreds of state public service drivers from Cancun to Chetumal protested the newly approved law. Numerous roadways and highways were blocked by public transport vehicles as drivers learned of the news.

Taxi drivers from 17 unions across the state took to the roadways in protest of the passing of the new mobility law that they have been fighting for the past two years since Uber entered the Cancun market.

In Cancun, taxi drivers blocked the entrance to the Cancun Hotel Zone and airport, causing traffic chaos. In Playa del Carmen, several took to local avenues in protest while others closed streets to prevent vehicle passage.

In Tulum, nearly 200 taxi drivers belonging to the Guild Tiburones del Caribe concentrated on the archaeological zone, while in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, union members met in a public area to join in protest.

According to workers of the unions, state deputies have opened the door for the operation of digital transport platforms which they see as unfair competition.

In December, Uber Cancun suspended all services as they agreed to wait for the state to create a mobility law that would allow them fair entry into the public transportation market.