Cancun, Q.R. — Transit authorities of Cancun set up a roadblock Thursday in search of pirate taxis often used in criminal activity. The inspection point was with the support of city police who are part of the strategies to increase public security.
While the operation is permanent, is it randomly set up in different points in order to locate illegal vehicles who circulate as legal taxi drivers.
Lieutenant Commander José Pablo Matheys Cruz, Head of the Benito Juárez Public Security, explained that police were on site in the event of a situation that requires legal attention by the corresponding authorities.
Matheys Cruz explained that the police were assisting in verifying cars and drivers. He said all of the Andrés Quintana Roo Union taxis stopped need to prove their vehicle is registered in the system and with a valid identified operator.
Gonzalo Salas Acuña, Secretary of Labor of the Andrés Quintana Roo Taxi Drivers Union, was also part of the roadside inspection team to eradicate pirate taxis and illegal taxi drivers.
There have been allegations that criminals paint cars to resemble Cancun taxis then use these pirate taxis for criminal activity.