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Screen_Shot_2017-07-18_at_8.01.46_PMIn yesterday’s newscast we told you about the police’s discovery of 1,578 grams of cannabis inside a Chetumal taxi car that was stopped and searched inside the Santa Elena border area over the weekend. Mexican driver 55 year old Jorge Anzures Alfaro and Belizean 22 year old Jermaine Sanker were arrested and charged. The presence of Chetumal taxis within the border area is a major point of contention for at least one group that operates in the area – the Belizean motorcycle taxi drivers who transport tourists as well as Belizeans within the area. The taxi drivers are today up in arms that a lack of regulation is allowing Mexican taxi drivers to cherry pick passengers and basically steal earnings away from them. On Saturday we heard from one of the taxi drivers who discussed the issues that are affecting them.

Belizean Moto-taxi

“Estamos siendo afectados por los taxistas Mexicanos que vienen diariamente a quitarnos el pasaje aquí en la frontera, nosotros pagando una cuota para trabajar aquí en la Zona con los moto taxis de 86 americano que equivale a 172.00 Beliceños mensualmente pagamos para trabajar, los taxis mexicanos vienen cargan nos quitan el pasaje hay unos que nos ponen hasta agresivos quitándonos lo hemos reportado para ver que se haga y no  nos brindan ningún tipo de apoyo para evitar que estos taxis siguán entrando a quitarnos el pasaje.”


“A quien se lo ha reportado”

Belizean Moto-taxi

“Se ha reportado a Border Management y se le ha reportado a la migración de estos incidentes incluso a la policía también.”


“Y no han hecho nada?”

Belizean Moto-taxi

“Pues hasta ahorita no se ha hecho nada porque siempre entran cargan y se van todos los días nosotros como moto taxis no podemos ir en el lado mexicano a cargar pasaje porque ahorita nos bajan el pasaje por los mismos compañeros moto taxis que trabajan aquí en la Zona.”

As you noted from a picture of a receipt, motorcycle taxi drivers pay a monthly fee of $86U.S. to operate. Now they must also pay $25 for the Belize border card which has become mandatory for employees in the Zone to cross through the immigration point. But while they are meeting the requirements, they say that none of the authorities seem to be looking out for their interests.

Belizean Moto-taxi

“Pues no debe de estar pasando especialmente como hice mención ellos no pagan un aseguro, no pagan una licencia no pagan nada para que ellos vengan a trabajar, y quitarnos el pasaje que nosotros que podemos trabajar, de que ellos deben de estar en sus frontera de ellos esperando el pasaje para que nosotros como Beliceños siempre se va ir haya pero no ellos venir a quitarnos el pasaje aquí en este pedazo adonde nosotros  estamos pagando para trabajar y ellos no pagan ni un centavo.  Fue obligatorio sacar u n pase que costo diez dólares la fotografía y veinte dólar para el pase y el mexicano no paga nada vienen a  trabajar y nadie le dice nada nosotros como Beliceños tenemos que pagar para trabajar en nuestro propio país eso yo no lo considero correcto.”

As you noted in one of the video footages, while we were doing the interview a couple taxis decided to double up on Belizeans just as they walked from the Immigration/customs area, but upon seeing our recording, they quickly sped away with the passengers on board.

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