Transport experts from India and around the world will gather in Cancun, Mexico, for a special gathering of the taxi industry on Friday to discuss how to best find taxis in the city.
The event is the culmination of a two-day meeting on Tuesday between the industry’s major players and local governments, the International Association of Cabs and its trade body, the Cancún Transportation Association.
“I am sure the event will bring the best drivers and passengers,” said Dinesh Singh, the chairman of the Association of Taxi Drivers.
“We hope to be able to create a dialogue with the industry and government, which will help us to achieve a better result.”
The conference will begin with a panel discussion on how to spot taxis.
The participants will be asked to describe the vehicles, and then pick one that has a yellow cab number.
The panel will also be asked which vehicles they would recommend for pickup.
Cancun is one of the world’s most expensive places to rent a taxi.
Taxi drivers in the capital make $6,000 a day and spend almost a third of their earnings on taxis, according to data from the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
“In this country, it’s a privilege to have an experience like this,” said Shweta Pandey, a taxi driver from the Indian city of Ahmedabad.
“But the problem is that most drivers in India, and all across the world, have no experience of working in Curgu, a small city in the interior of Mexico.”
The participants will discuss ways to reduce the taxi problem in Mexico, a country of roughly 13 million people where a third live below the poverty line.
A study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington found that Mexican taxi drivers earn only 14 percent of what they would earn in India.
The two-hour session is organized by the Mexico City Taxi and Motor Transportation Association, which has been trying to convince governments around the country to ease restrictions on taxis.
It said that a ban on cabs that meet the government’s criteria could help reduce the number of taxis in Mexico.
The group said it would discuss how the industry can reduce the demand for taxis in its home country, which ranks among the world leaders in the number and volume of cabs, with some of the country’s biggest companies, including Uber Technologies Inc., Seat-Navigator Inc., and Uber Technologies India Pvt.
A taxi driver’s home country is a crucial piece of data that the industry needs to understand the country, said Raman Kulkarni, CEO of Taxi and Motoring Services Association of India.
“It’s a big question mark, but we hope the conference will provide a good start,” he said.
The participants are invited to attend the conference on Friday in Cuyamaca, where the taxi sector is based.
Cancuzas city government recently approved the sale of 10 cabs worth $500,000.
The industry’s members will meet with representatives of the government and industry in Cucuta, the countrys second largest city, on Saturday, according the association.
It is scheduled to hold a public meeting for the two-and-a-half-hour meeting in Cúpuma, Mexico City, on Sunday.