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Cancun Uber and city taxi drivers sign inclusion agreement

Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun taxi drivers and rideshare company Uber have signed an inclusion agreement that takes effect January 1. The new agreement will integrate Cancun taxi drivers into the Uber app.

The agreement came after years of conflict and one-and-a-half of negotiating. The agreement was signed Friday morning between the General Secretary of the Andrés Quintana Roo Union, Heriberto Núñez and Uber Director of Public Policies, Nicolás Sánchez.

After the signing, Heriberto Núñez referred to the agreement as something historic which represents another job opportunity for taxi drivers in addition to ending a period of conflict.

Now when Uber passengers use the app, an additional option will be included that will list available Uber drivers (cars) and UberGo, which is identified as a local taxi.

Sánchez explained that the agreement reached in Cancun is similar to the one reached in other major cities including New York, Paris, London, Rome and Punta Cana, where local taxis are included in the app.

The Cancun taxi option will be distinguished as an UberGo option.

“Today what we are celebrating is a new stage of Uber in the state. Six years ago this would have been unthinkable, but what we are achieving today is making way for modernity, technology and many benefits for the people in the state, both for tourists and for the people who live here,” he explained.

According to Sánchez, taxi rates through Cancun Uber will be the same as non-Uber use. The agreement signed only includes taxi drivers in the city of Cancun. The agreement will allow any Cancun taxi driver to join the Uber app at any time as long as they meet the established requirements for Uber driving partners.

Around 2,000 Cancun taxi drivers are expected to be included in the app in coming months. The Cancun union has 8,600 units that represents more than 12,000 taxi drivers.

The agreement that will see Cancun taxi drivers included in the Uber app takes effect January 1, 2024.