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Dozens of public transport units remove illegal window tint in first days of campaign

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Around 70 state-licensed public transport vehicles have already been forced to remove their tinting. In the first four days of the Quintana Roo State Mobility Institute (Imoveqroo) program, dozens of public transport units have been told to remove their self-installed window tint.

Rodrigo Alcázar Urrutia, Imoveqroo Director, explained under Article 145, the self-installed tinting is illegal. During the first four days of state inspections, they found around 70 units with the illegal window tint.

“Inspections are carried out during the inspectors’ daily tours. It is not an operation as such in which a checkpoint is placed, but it is part of the verifications carried out by the inspectors.”

He explained that when a public transport unit with tinted windows is found, they are stopped and asked to remove the tint there and then in front of the inspector.

“If they do not want to do it, they are fined 15,665 pesos, but we are not going directly for the fine. They are invited to remove the tinting, and from all the units that were stopped, one hundred percent have removed the tinting. No one has opted for the fine,” he said.

Alcázar Urrutia explained that self installed tinted windows in public transport units has always been illegal under Article 145 of the Regulations to the Mobility Law of the State of Quintana Roo, but has been tolerated.

Over the years, more and more state concessioned public units have installed the self-added film to their windows. Drivers are now being asked to remove the dark tint due to safety concerns.

The safety concerns include criminal activities and kidnappings since units with blacked windows makes it impossible for authorities to see who is inside.

“We do not have an estimate of how many units have tinted windows, however, Imoveqroo has to monitor the safety of both the drivers as well as passengers, which is why they are launching this campaign,” he explained.