Again in the Riviera Maya
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