Translated by Fulano from an article in La Verdad Quintana Roo
Cancún, Quintana Roo – Terrifying figures were revealed by Tomás Polanco, president of the association of auto renters in Cancún and Riviera Maya.
One of every 10 tourists who rent an automobile are harassed and extorted by the Tourist Police, in the Hotel Zone as well as Downtown, complained Tomás Polanco Valencia, leader of the car rental companies.
The president of the Car Rental Association of the Cancún-Tulum tourist corridor said the most of the visitors are respectful of the traffic signs, even though they may accidentally commit some infraction.
The tourist entrepreneur warned of the possibility of creating a poor image for visitors, for which he asks for moderation, above all for the police deployed in the beach areas, because thousands of people go there.
“They don’t report it, they decide to reach an agreement and are not reporting it. We do not have precise numbers how much these people are damaging tourism, probably some 10 percent of the tourists who rent a car have this problem and unfortunately do not report it.”
The rental company leader in the main tourist corridor in Mexico and Latin America said there almost 10,000 vehicles in the rental pool, and less than two percent of the traffic infractions are reported, so all is not calm.
“Transit Cards are almost not accepted nor are they asked for, and they are going to be renegotiated with the next administration so that it is put into operation, and hopefully we will treat the customers respectfully in this area and not take advantage of them. That is what we are going to try to do.”
Tomás Polanco said the proposal will be for the three municipalities, and he reiterated the utilization which has not been seen for the past ix years, since 2007, with average rentals for one week on the part of couples and families.
For the past few months, the hotel and business sector has complained of a period of fear and uncertainty, as voiced by Hernando Alonso Cordero Galindo, spokesperson for the National Council of Coparmex.
In fact, he is the only member of the private initiative which has been complaining for the past five years of bwing the victim of fate.
“There is too much fear in these sectors in Cancún and Riviera Maya,” pointed out the real estate developer, “the extortion’s have grown due to the corruption and impunity in the state and municipal police departments in the Hotel Zone.”