Again in the Riviera Maya

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - News In Brief - BY MELISSA ROBLES

To help en­sure peace of mind for tourists rent­ing a car in the Riviera Maya, the Tar­jetón Turís­tico (Tourist Card) pro­gram will soon be avail­able again. This pro­gram con­sists of giv­ing up to two warn­ings, in­stead of tick­ets, for mi­nor driv­ing in­frac­tions to both Mex­i­can na­tion­als and for­eign­ers.

Po­lice will be given the train­ing to is­sue the warn­ings and to ask visi­tors to drive safely.

The mi­nor in­frac­tions in­cluded are: not us­ing a seat­belt, park­ing on the yel­low line, and en­ter­ing a one way street from the wrong di­rec­tion. The Pres­i­dent of the Tourism Of­fice of Sol­i­dari­dad, Jesús Martín Me­d­ina, re­called that this pro­gram was pre­vi­ously im­ple­mented dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of 2008-2011.

“When they are not cited, the tourist doesn’t lose time at the transit of­fice pay­ing a fine or go­ing through the process to get their li­cense plate back.” This also avoids tourists be­ing taken ad­van­tage of by cor­rupt of­fi­cials. The Riviera Maya Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion and the Quin­tana Roo As­so­ci­a­tion of Ve­hi­cle Leasers will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate.

“We have heard that many times tourists rent a ve­hi­cle and have gone down a one way street the wrong way be­cause they don’t know the city. When they are fined they have to go through pro­cesses to pay a fine and this takes time,” said Jesús Martín Me­d­ina. He also in­di­cated that this pro­gram will give peace of mind for tourists, both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional, when in­ter­act­ing with author­i­ties dur­ing a mi­nor traf­fic stop. This pro­ject will be im­ple­mented in the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Ben­ito Juárez (Cancún), Sol­i­dari­dad, and Tu­lum. It is planned to start be­fore the win­ter high sea­son and will be pre­sented to the lo­cal con­sulates.

Thou­sands of tourists rent au­to­mo­biles in the re­gion each day. It is es­ti­mated that tourists in the Riviera Maya rent be­tween 6,000 and 7,000 ve­hi­cles daily. All ve­hi­cles rented will come with a card. If the tourist driv­ing com­mits a mi­nor in­frac­tion and is pulled over by a po­lice of­fi­cer, they will only re­ceive a warn­ing. If more than two in­frac­tions are com­mit­ted, the card will be taken away and they can be tick­eted on the third of­fense.

Keep your Tar­jetón Turís­tico in your rental car / Photo: @bru­in­boii/in­sta­gram

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