Due to the “total disorder” in the current operation of the Transportation Network Companies (ERT) in Puerto Vallarta, Governor Enrique Alfaro announced the revocation of permits for two digital platforms and one double-deck transportation in Puerto Vallarta, granted by the previous state government.
During his visit to Puerto Vallarta, he added that there will be operations to review the permits of the vehicles of these companies in Puerto Vallarta.
“The Ministry of Transportation is in the process of revoking these permits, we are on the legal route to throw them out, we are not going to let this continue,” explained Alfaro.
According to the governor, there is no compliance with the law in the current operation of companies such as Uber , Cabify or Didi Chuxing. “Now they are charging in cash, violating established rules and agreements, and they think they can do whatever they want, we’re going to put a stop to that matter,” he promised.
Alfaro publicly supported the taxi drivers of Puerto Vallarta, who have been active opponents of the operation of ERTs such as Uber since the multinational technology company started operating in Puerto Vallarta in June 2017.
There are around one 1,400 taxis in Puerto Vallarta, who have the backing of organizations such as the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM), a union headed in Jalisco by Rafael Yerena Zambrano.
“One thing is to believe in the competition of digital platforms, which is something that I believe, and another is to think you can continue doing what you want, because according to that logic, in Guadalajara there is already Uber charging in cash, that’s not the design of the platforms,” said Enrique Alfaro.
Currently, Jalisco has more than 26,000 vehicles that operate in the Transport Networks Companies. However, in June 2017 the then Ministry of Mobility (Semov) uncovered that only 1,600 vehicles were officially registered (6%), so it started an operation to increase the registration of Uber drivers and other platforms.
“While many taxi drivers have complied with what is established by current regulations to improve their service, with the ERT there have been resistances to fulfill their obligations,” said the former governor Aristóteles Sandoval on July 17 of last year.