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Bus line industry says hijacking, insecurity costing millions

Mexico City, Mexico — Bus lines are reporting a significant increase in bus highjackings, saying the insecurity is costing the industry more than $10 million per year.

Similar to companies that transport goods by road and railways, bus lines are also experiencing a rise in insecurity, suffering the hijacking of their units.

José Jiménez , general director of the National Passenger and Tourism Autotransport Chamber (Canapat), said that so far in 2018, the bus lines industry has reported 200 units being “taken illegally.”

“This is mainly in the State of Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the regions that have the highest crime rates in this area,” he said.

The brands that are affiliated with Canapat include ADO, Autovías, ETN, Caminante, Grupo Estrella Blanca, Grupo Senda, Pullman Group of Morelos, Omnibus de México, Primera Plus, TAP, among others.

“2015 was historic because for us nearly 1,600 units were taken,” he said during a recent presentation in Playa del Carmen. He added that in addition to the crime of hijacking, passengers are also violated with robberies with greater incidences occurring in the State of Mexico, Puebla and Veracruz.

“Historically we had 384 incidents in 2016, and so far in 2018 we already have 119 incidences, which paints this year as the direction we are going,” he added.

“We also have kids along the roads who throw objects at us, on the windshields that can cause accidents,” he said.

At the end of 2016, Canapat reported that insecurity cost $10 million USD each year.

ADO and IAMSA, the most noted motor carriers, had reported at the end of 2017 that the insecurity indexes had fallen.

In May, the railway industry reported more than 500 thefts already this year.