Taxi drivers in Mexico have long been known for their low wages and unhygienic conditions, but this week the country’s top official, José Luis Vásquez López, said the public has become accustomed to seeing them and for them to be treated with more respect.
The taxi drivers in the capital, Mexico City, will get paid on time on Friday as part of a pilot programme that was launched last month.
But the first taxi drivers to be paid will start getting their paychecks on Tuesday, when the state-run Central Bank announces the details of a new tax on the taxi industry.
“In Mexico, we have a situation where people are getting accustomed to having taxis,” said Lóza, the vice-president of the National Transportation Commission, a government agency that oversees the economy.
“This is what we want to address.”
In Mexico, the taxi driver’s union, CEDA, says the tax will hurt its members.
It says the state is trying to drive out the taxi trade and that the current minimum wage for taxi drivers is $1,300 a month, but it has been paid only $1.25 since January.
Taxi drivers also say the new tax will put them at a disadvantage.
“I think the tax is discriminatory,” said Fernando Martinez, an Uber driver who has been in Mexico for two years.
“It’s just another tax.
They should not be paid the same.”
He added: “The tax is not the main problem.
The main problem is that we are living in a country that has not paid its debts to the people who worked in the industry for decades.
We have a debt that is far greater than the amount they are paying.”
A survey by the US-based Pew Research Center found that about 70% of Mexicans aged 25 to 54 have a job and 60% of them have a pension.
Some 40% of taxi drivers are unemployed, and about 30% have lost their jobs to the countrys economic woes.
The government says it wants to make the tax as fair as possible and says it will consider proposals to raise the minimum wage and reduce the cost of living for taxi and bus drivers.
But some taxi drivers have been demanding a better deal.
“We want the taxi drivers who are doing the most to support our families,” said Angel Gómez, who has worked as a taxi driver for three years in Mexico City.
“But the drivers who have been working in the taxi business for 30 years, they have never paid any taxes.”
Many taxi drivers say the government has not delivered on promises to help them pay their debts.
“There is not a single government agency or government agency doing anything to help us,” said Martín Soto, who owns a taxi company in the southern state of Tamaulipas.
“The government says they will help us but it is not doing anything.”
Taxi drivers’ demands are part of broader protests in Mexico, where hundreds of people have been arrested in recent months for protesting against a rise in the price of gas and a decline in food prices.
The new tax could have an impact on many other sectors of the economy, including tourism and manufacturing, as well.
But it could also have a big impact on the tourism industry, where more than one million people are expected to visit Mexico in 2018.
The US State Department has said that the tax, known as the “Taxe Tax,” is intended to promote a more “fair and level playing field” between taxi and other transportation options.
It also comes at a time when Mexico has been rocked by an economic crisis that has devastated the economy and sparked a massive wave of protest movements.
“Taxes are very important,” said Vásud, the economist.
“If you are going to have a tax, then the taxi service should be part of the solution.
And the government should be taking a more responsible and balanced approach.
It is a matter of dignity, of respect, of fairness.”