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Los Cabos Government Adds Taxi Inspectors To Keep Tourists Safe

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Report after report keeps ranking Los Cabos as one of the safest municipalities in Mexico. Despite this, however, scams are sometimes detected in this area.

Los Cabos sign

Luckily, the local government is always watching out for new frauds so that visitors can be warned accordingly. 

This is why, in recent times, the Los Cabos authorities have decided to add new taxi inspectors to protect foreign tourists from those providing this service illegally. But how did it all start? 

More taxi inspectors 

It all began a few days ago when licensed taxi drivers started to protest in the Los Cabos municipality against the high number of people offering this service without proper documentation. 

Aerial view of Cabo San Lucas

The mayor of the municipality, Oscar Leggs Castro, listened to the protestors and added ten extra municipal inspectors to the State Transportation Directorate. 

According to him, these will bring the total number of new inspectors to 40, given the recent 30 additional municipal inspectors commissioned by the state.

“Measures have already been initiated so that, in addition to the 30 municipal inspectors who were commissioned by the State, after training, 10 more inspectors will be authorized to (…) support the work that is being carried out,” said Oscar Leggs Castro. 

Santa Maria Beach (Playa Santa Maria) in Los Cabos, Mexico, as seen on April 13, 2023.

He later added: “With these actions, the commitment that the Municipal Administration has with citizens and the transportation sector is reiterated.”

The new inspector will carry out a variety of tasks. For instance, they will check whether all taxis in the municipality are in possession of the right documentation and sanction those who are not. 

In addition, they will give “Order and surveillance to transportation,” said Oscar Leggs Castro. 

taxi driver in Mexico

After clarifying this, the mayor also decided to express his sympathies for the protestors, stating how the Los Cabos municipality will always “Be respectful of the right to free demonstration, always maintaining open channels for dialogue with all sectors in the search for solutions to the problems that arise.”

Are taxis worth it in Los Cabos?

If you don’t usually travel by taxi, you may have to change your habits in Los Cabos. Unfortunately, public transportation here is not the best way to move from one city to the next, with most tourists opting for other means of transportation. 

While some people decide to rent a car to have more freedom, visitors considering this option should keep in mind that mobility remains one of Los Cabos’ main issues. 

Taxi Drivers Union

The streets of this municipality are often in poor condition, and on top of this, several people report the presence of reckless drivers ignoring speed limits. This means that driving here may be quite challenging unless you are used to it. 

Is Los Cabos safe? 

Considering this recent scam, people heading to Los Cabos soon may now be wondering whether this area is safe. Luckily, the answer is yes. 

The Los Cabos government is constantly trying to improve its safety levels with new initiatives and projects. 

Portrait of Mexican policemen in the zocalo in Mexico City on independence day

For instance, just a few days ago, a new report published by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography based on data collected for the National Urban Public Security Survey showed how the vast majority of the people living in this area feel safe.

This shouldn’t be too surprising considering the many measures put in place in 2023 to keep tourists safe. 

Among these is the addition of new security cameras in most tourist sites in the municipality, as well as the usage of drones to aid in protecting visitors. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Police cruiser Dodge Charger in the city street

For instance, last year, the Los Cabos government decided to add new lifeguards to patrol the most popular beaches in the area. 

On top of this, some of the busiest areas were patrolled 24/7 to keep tourists safe from the ever-changing water conditions, as well as from the many illegal vendors selling fake services to visitors. 

In other words, Americans heading to Los Cabos soon can simply relax and make the most out of their trip without worrying too much about safety. 

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