Cancun, Quintana Roo — One day after the publication of the Mobility Law in the state of Quintana Roo, hundreds of taxi drivers across the state protested by blocking busy roadways.
Taxi drivers from all of the state’s municipalities protested through marches and blockades with Cancun being the hardest hit. Dozens of tourists were delayed by as much as two hours when they left their hotels to catch flights at the Cancun International Airport.
Nearly 900 unionized taxi drivers blocked access to the Cancun International Airport and the Cancun Hotel Zone in protest of the newly approved mobility law. The new law, which they have been fighting for more than two years, now opens the door for modern competition and allows digital transportation platforms such as Uber to enter the local market.
The State Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo says it deeply regrets the actions undertaken by some leaders of the guild of taxi drivers that directly affect the main economic activity of the state. The tourism sector is very important for all, so the disruption of the service and affecting of traffic that has occurred damages the various tourist activities.
The Ministry of Tourism is aware of the agreements and actions being carried out by authorities to put an end to the situation. This included the involvement of state governor, Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, who said after a meeting, the taxi drivers will no longer protest through roadway blockades.
On Tuesday, a report from the Cancun International Airport confirmed two flights to Europe were delayed due to the taxi protests as plane passengers were stranded on buses bound for the airport.
They also said that at least 20 other passengers missed their flight by not arriving on time due to highway blockades. In total, they report 65 affected flights were affected.