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Playa del Carmen combi, taxi drivers claim harassment due to health compliancy requirements

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Drivers with Sindicato de Taxistas Lázaro Cárdenas del Río protested Friday against city council and the Instituto de Movilidad de Quintana Roo (Inmoveqroo) for harassment due to health compliancy requirements of COVID-19.

Luis Herrera, secretary of Sindicato de Taxistas Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, says they gathered in response to the way in which municipal and state authorities responsible for the transport and mobility authorities, have conducted themselves.

He said the Mobility Institute (Imoveqroo) and Municipal Transportation Institute have affected union members with instances of harassment and persecution of the collective service taxi drivers.

Hundreds of drivers from Playa del Carmen and Tulum gathered in the parking lot of Plaza Centro Maya where they made their way to Solidaridad city hall, protesting their 300 peso fines when passengers do not wear mouth masks. They also protested against the current 10-person capacity rule, which they say does not work for them since that capacity only covers expenses.

Protesting union drivers requested Pedro Pérez Pérez, director of Inmoviqroo, to intervene since they feel their rights are being violated, accusing inspectors of “hiding in the corner and hunting” the combi and taxi drivers.