U.S. State Department issues travel warning due to hostile Cancun taxi drivers


On Monday, January 23rd, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico released a travel warning against the entire state of Quintana Roo but specified the recent hostility by Cancun taxi drivers against Uber drivers.

In the wake of recent incidents involving taxi and Uber drivers in Quintana Roo, U.S. citizens are reminded of guidance provided on Travel.State.gov, specifically about the use of application-based transportation services in Mexico, which states: Application-based car services such as Uber and Cabify are available in many Mexican cities, and generally offer another safe alternative to taxis. Official complaints against Uber and other drivers do occur, however, and past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries to U.S. citizens in some instances.U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico

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“With respect to the right to demonstrate, we will guarantee free transit and the rights of Quintana Roo residents and tourists,” the government wrote in a public statement released Monday after taxi drivers blocked the hotel zone.

“The state government will participate in dialogue and listen to all voices guaranteeing peace and tranquility,” they added after days of ongoing aggression by Cancun taxi drivers that resulted in a U.S.-issued travel warning.

On Monday, the Secretary of Government, Cristina Torres, said that “peace will not be violated” regarding the most recent attention-getting stunt by Cancun taxi drivers, which was the complete blocking of all three Cancun Hotel Zone entrances.

Source: Excelsior

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