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60 Cancun taxi drivers fined for overloading passengers

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Cancun taxi drivers have drawn negative attention in recent months for unfair practices such as overcharging, a problem often encountered by visitors. With more and more reports of price gouging, local authorities are paying more attention to the problem of at least 60 taxi drivers from Cancún face sanctions in the last month alone.

According to local authorities, more than 60 taxi operators were fined in July for misconduct such as overcharging or misusing the taximeter. Cancun officials have been monitoring the issue more closely and have provided visitors with advice on what to do in the event of overcharges. Although several dozen complaints are logged each month, the vast majority go unreported due to a lack of awareness of legal options. Now that the problem is gaining visibility, an increasing number of taxi drivers are facing administrative penalties for price gouging.

Over the past few months, there have been multiple incidents of tourists and residents falling victim to different taxi scams. Some users have taken to social media to share their experiences, noting the unprofessionalism of some Cancun taxi drivers. Overcrowding has long been one of the main problems facing visitors to the region. In one incident, a taxi driver was surprised insult a passenger when she asked the driver to show the taxi meter.

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Taxi drivers who are caught in the act now face penalties, including fines. In severe cases, their taxi license may be temporarily revoked. In addition, taxi drivers are now required to complete a mandatory course conducted by the Secretary of Labor, which aims to improve the attitude of taxi drivers and combat illegal pricing practices.

Taxi drivers have been a source of concern for some time now, with a sense of frustration over the authorities’ inaction. With the summer vacation season in full swing, millions of tourists are expected to visit Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean in the coming months, many of whom take taxis upon arrival and drive to the airport.

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Currently, taxi prices from the airport to the Cancun Hotel Zone range from around $28 to $30, which usually takes around 30 minutes. However, due to major road construction around Colosio Boulevard, which leads to downtown Cancun and the hotel district, delays of up to several hours have been reported, which can add a significant price tag to journeys. visitors. Meanwhile, a taxi ride to the popular resort town of Playa del Carmen costs around $45 to $50 and takes about an hour.

Keep this in mind when taking a taxi in Cancun

Taking a taxi is often a cheap, quick, and convenient option for tourists in Cancun, especially given the lack of public transportation options. However, many tourists fall victim to scams and may end up paying more than necessary for their ride. To avoid such situations, here are some important tips.

First, make sure your taxi has a meter that works properly and is priced correctly. Some taxi drivers may hide it or have none at all. It’s also a good idea to write down the taxi’s license number, as well as the time you boarded the taxi. If you think your driver may have overcharged you, you can report it to one of the taxi association hotlines, which you can find here.

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Tourists can also opt for mobile apps to order a taxi. These have the advantage of allowing users to check the price before taking the ride, and many offer electronic receipts. Guests can also arrange private transfers or use a shuttle service, which many resorts offer at no additional charge.

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