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Jalisco on the verge of passing bold new transport law

July 17, 2013

A Mobility Law permitting yearly hikes in public transport fares and introducing mandatory detentions for drink driving has been passed by four state congressional committees and is awaiting approval by Jalisco’s lower house.

Transport Secretary Mauricio Gudiño said this week that the law, which local deputies began analyzing on Wednesday, will become one of the most important to have been implemented in Jalisco in the last few decades.

Under the Mobility Law, police with breathalyzers will patrol all tourist areas of Jalisco, more speed cameras will be deployed across the state, the penalty for speeding will be increased, and it will become mandatory for all vehicles to have insurance policies covering third-party damage. Rental cars driven by chauffeurs will be made available for those visiting Guadalajara for business or pleasure, while public transport will continue to run later at night in areas with a lot of restaurants and nightlife.

Controversially, the cost of public transport could automatically rise in line with inflation each year, with a tariff commission appointed to review the rate in the third quarter of every year. Yet the law also allows authorities to revoke the concessions of public transport firms that make unauthorized changes to fares or suspend service for more than four weeks without justification.

Drunk drivers will no longer be let off with a fine or a verbal warning under the Mobility Law, which implements the mandatory detention for 12 to 24 hours for any driver with 81 to 130 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.41 to 0.65 milligrams of alcohol per liter of exhaled air. Anyone found to be driving with over 130 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.65 milligrams of alcohol per liter of exhaled air will be imprisoned for 24 to 36 hours.

The law also states that 45 percent of all income from fines will be reinvested in infrastructure for non-motorized traffic i.e. cyclists and pedestrians.

90,000 students entitled to free public transport

Governor Aristoteles Sandoval has fulfilled his campaign promise of providing free public transport for students in Jalisco.

A total of 166,000 students applied from May 28 until inscription closed on June 30, Jalisco’s Ministry of Development and Social Integration (Sedis) revealed last week. Of these, 90,000 were successful in their applications and will be entitled to travel for free from August 15.

Students who did not finish the application process in time can do so at special enrollment modules installed in the main public squares of Guadalajara’s five metropolitan municipalities. The registration process will also reopen for new students at www.bienestarjalisco.mx from August 15.

The state government has invested 207 million pesos in the program, making Jalisco the first state in Mexico to subsidize the full cost of transport for students. Successful applicants in the metropolitan area will be entitled to two free tickets known as Bienevales per day, while students who travel from one city to another to study will receive from 1,800 to 2,500 pesos three times a year.

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