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Mahahual taxi drivers protest blockage to port passengers

Mahahual, Q.R. — Over the weekend, a group of taxi drivers in Mahahual held a demonstration at the cruise ship port. The angry group of taxi drivers say they should be allowed to provide transportation services for the arriving cruise ship passengers.

The group protested at the Gran Costa Maya cruise ship gate where they threatened to block the entrance and exit of the facilities in order to be allowed to provide taxi services to cruise ship guests.

The protest began after representatives of the port denied access to the representative of the taxi drivers assigned to the area. The taxi drivers gathered to demonstrate, demanding that they be allowed to enter the area with their taxis assigned for the sale of tours in respect of the collaboration agreements.

The taxi drivers of Mahahual insist that there is a breach of an agreement that allows them access to the Costa Maya port to provide taxi services to arriving cruise ship guests who want to go to the town.

Accusations of monopolistic practices have been denounced in the past with Mahahual businesses saying cruise ship passengers are not allowed to enter the town, but are forced to stay (eat and shop) at the dock to the benefit of the consortium that operates the terminal.