New taxi safety program launched
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
In order to provide better security for residents and visitors, the local government along with a new association of taxi drivers has launched a program called “Taxi Seguro/Safe Taxi.”
On November 15, the current administration presented the Taxi Seguro program, an initiative that includes 12 drivers from the San Miguel de Allende Taxi Drivers Association. According to Mayor Trejo, the program “is targeted to providing tourists and residents quality service while riding in a taxi, which includes good treatment and safety at any time.” Trejo said the topic of security is a national one, and for that reason “I am very happy to know that the taxi drivers are taking part in this project and discussing safety, because they understand that if we have a safer city we will have more tourists, and it will generate more income, which will lead to more use of the taxis by residents.”
Trejo also commented that with this program hotelkeepers, restaurant owners and those working in tourism services will be able to tell their clients that in San Miguel taking a taxi is safe and that riders are treated well by the taxi drivers. Currently there are only 12 taxis involved in the program, but the administration is hoping to bring at least 12 more taxis into the program each week.
According to Trejo, when he proposed this program he thought that it would be complicated because of what they were asking of those involved: a document certifying the absence of a criminal record, a weekly drug test and a vehicle inspection. However, within a few minutes of hearing about the program the 12 current members agreed to join in. “The 12 participants accepted and just asked for a space to park (in front of Las Monjas Church), and they have been very exemplary in meeting the requirements,” said Trejo, adding that they are having meetings with other associations in order to expand this program.
The Taxis Seguros will carry temporary stickers that will be replaced later with stickers authorized by the state government.