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Bacalar taxi drivers block highway after state allows mototaxis to legally operate

Bacalar, Q.R. — A 10 kilometer long line of highway traffic was generated Friday when Bacalar taxi drivers blocked the road. The highway road block was in protest to the mobility advancements made in allowing mototaxis to legally operate.

After legislature approved reforms to the Mobility Law which allows motorcycle taxis, delivery drivers and digital passenger transport platforms to legally operated in the municipality, Bacalar taxi drivers took to the highway.

The municipality’s drivers complained of the economic impact the new laws will have on their earnings. The Bacalar taxi union blocked the Chetumal-Cancún federal highway for about an hour.

The taxi drivers paralyzed the flow of traffic to the north. Elements of the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) arrived to maintain order while waiting for government representatives to arrive and talk with the disgruntled drivers.

The Government Secretariat reported that members of the Quintana Roo Public Security Secretariat, the National Guard (GN), the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA) and the Navy Secretariat (SEMAR) were sent to the area to unblock the road.