The taking of booths in the country has doubled so far during the pandemic, going from 10 a day, on average, to 20, according to Marco Antonio Frías Galván, director of the Association of Road Infrastructure Concessionaires.
He affirmed that the losses due to the taking of booths in the country have also escalated, because while in 2019 the figure reached three billion pesos, a figure that was already exceeded in the first nine months of the year, when facing losses of 3.1 billion. of pesos.
He affirmed that the groups dedicated to extortion via toll booths have increased their activism and have become more violent, although he accepted that there has been good collaboration with federal authorities to try to lessen the impact.
According to the Association, the taking of a booth can be only three minutes, like the fact that happened in the Ojo de Agua on July 14 and which was taken by the Popular Youth Movement of the state of Guerrero, even those that they were taken permanently, as were those of Nayarit and that two weeks ago were released by the National Guard.
Frías Galván asserted that although the pandemic has hit the sector, what is really urgent is to end the taking of booths that mainly affects the central area of the country, where from June 19 to September they have been taken 1,215 times, with a total of 468 hours of impact on the collection of tolls.
The Association of Road Infrastructure Concessionaires announced some of the social groups that are dedicated to the taking of booths and that affect their income, among those who are from circuses or waiters to groups that are perfectly organized, such as RCP Colectivo Revolución , Association of Road Infrastructure Concessionaires and Popular Youth Movement of the state of Guerrero.
The concessionaire leader affirmed that social groups are increasingly violent as evidenced by the incident that occurred earlier this month in the Ecatepec-Pirámides booth, where they faced bullets.
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Two people were injured as a result of this incident and it was carried out by Civil Disobedience and the Popular Youth Movement of the state of Guerrero, allegedly commanded by the guerrerense activist Kenia Hernández.
Among the other leaders who have identified with the taking of booths in the State of Mexico are Alejandro Gutiérrez García, from Iztapalapa Tianguista Demonstrators; José Luis Hernández, from the Union of Tourism Transporters of Chimalhuacán; Raymundo Benítez, Workers of the Mexico City and Mexico State Fair; José Luis Hernández of the Union of Tourism Transporters of Tláhuac and Iztapalapa; Pablo Sandoval Salgado, from the Guerrero State Student Association; Roberto Pérez, from the Union of Transporters of Neza, among others.
Most of the booth shots are carried out between 15 and 80 people and with the classic dribbling they ask motorists for a “voluntary cooperation”, which is between 50 and 100 pesos, which allows them to live from this lucrative work social groups.
Frías Galván affirmed that one of the ways out of taking booths is for Mexico to advance in the adoption of technology so that cash is no longer used in them and social groups no longer have such a pretext to operate.
He gave Chile as an example, where through an electronic payment, motorists should not even stop at the booths, since their code is scanned by means of an arc and they are charged.
He also said that with the reading of plates the charge can be applied, but that these technologies are not regulated in the country, for which they will advance in the lobbying in the Congress of the Union to try to analyze options.