SEMOVI Kicks Off Taxi Fair 2022 to Foster Fleet Renewal
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SEMOVI Kicks Off Taxi Fair 2022 to Foster Fleet Renewal

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Antonio Gozain By Antonio Gozain | Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst - Tue, 05/10/2022 - 17:19

Mexico City’s Ministry of Mobility (SEMOVI) kicked off the Taxi Fair 2022 at Ciudad Deportiva, Iztacalco, to promote cab renewal across the city through economic incentives so taxi owners can replace their cars with highly-efficient ICE vehicles, HEVs and BEVs.

During May 9-13, 2022, “several automotive brands will exhibit highly-efficient vehicles, HEVs and BEVs for taxi owners to learn the diverse options to replace their 10-year-old or older cars. [The displayed] vehicles comply with the superior accessibility, road safety and environmental standards set by this Ministry,” said SEMOVI through a press release.

During the fair, personnel from SEMOVI will answer doubts regarding the substitution procedure and automotive brands will provide advice regarding financing options for taxi drivers.

For the 2022 Taxi Substitution process, SEMOVI will provide incentives that amount to MX$75,000 (US$3,750) for highly-efficient ICE vehicles and MX$100,000 (US$5,000) for HEVs and BEVs. The agency will grant an additional MX$20,000 (US$1,000) for those who buy a new vehicle with additional accessibility devices.

The brands participating in the Taxi Fair 2022 include General Motors, Volkswagen, Hyundai, KIA, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Seat, CHANGAN, Renault and JAC. While there are several HEVs within the fair’s offer, only four BEVs will be exhibited: JAC’s E 10X, E J7 and E Sei4 Pro, in addition to Nissan’s Leaf.

In 2021, Mexico City had a vehicle park of over 5.5 million vehicles, from which around 60,000 were officially registered as taxis through SEMOVI, according to INEGI. Although the taxi fleet’s average age is unknown, Mexico City’s government continues focusing its efforts to promote the replacement of these cabs by more efficient and sustainable alternatives.

While SEMOVI invited taxi drivers to attend the fair, the agency informed that those interested in renewing their vehicles can subscribe to the substitution program through SEMOVI’s webpage until July 12, 2022.

Beat Joins SEMOVI in Efforts to Foster Road Safety

SEMOVI recognized mobility application Beat’s initiative to join the Allied Companies for the Road Safety program, in which 30 drivers received practical and theoretical training by SEMOVI staff.

“In Beat, we care about the safety of everyone using the streets. With the training that our drivers receive from SEMOVI, we aim to continue prioritizing respect and coexistence with pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists,” said Enrique Mendoza, Director, Beat México.

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