New law risks arrival of Belizeans: Citizens who enter with private vehicles must cover a payment
More than 17,000 vehicles from Belize will stop crossing into Mexico every month, to avoid Civil Liability Insurance, which is required by the Mobility Law as of September 12.
Luis Gilberto Montero Maldonado, Honorary Consul of Belize in Mexico, states that there are 17,280 vehicles, 576 a day, that will stop crossing through the Chactemal Tax Precinct; With this new provision, it is expected that there will be a decrease of 60% of the 28,800 that cross the month.
Those Belizean citizens who enter with their private vehicles will be subject to the obligation to cover the payment of 250 pesos for the 12-hour stay and 500 pesos for the 24-hour stay on Mexican soil, to be insured in cases of automobile accidents.
So far, only public transport vehicles, such as buses and taxis, are those that have Civil Liability Insurance; they cover the cost of 250 pesos to stay for 12 hours in Mexico and 500 pesos for 24 hours, which is done by the "Insurance" area of ​​the Mexican fiscal area.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that as of that date, the Mobility Law that will come into effect will force Belizeans who enter through customs with their private vehicles to pay, in the last few days they have stopped crossing 30% of the vehicles , but it will increase up to 60%, because the citizens of Belize do not have the economic conditions to cover it, "he said.
According to consulate data, in the last six vehicular accidents in which Belizean citizens have been involved in Chetumal, the damages caused by these six incidents amounted to 200 thousand pesos, "it would have been cheaper to cover 250 pesos or 500 pesos of insurance ", says Montero Maldonado.
Estimates that the monthly figures may decline from the date indicated, reaching the crossing of 11 thousand 500 private vehicles, only, which means that Chetumal will also stop receiving the economic benefit that Belizean citizens reflect in supermarkets, shopping malls, to mention Some.
To date, there are 1,500 people from Belize who cross customs to visit Chetumal and its surroundings, about 45,000 a month, on average; in holiday seasons, the double is increased, that is, three thousand people a day.
As for the Mexican festivities next September 15, last year the figure reached two thousand 250 Belizeans who crossed the customs, for enjoyment; However, this year may reflect a considerable decrease.