Thursday, July 11, 2013

México: 50% of Drivers on Mexican Roadways Don't Have a Valid Driving Permit

According to EFE,  more than 50% of Mexican drivers operate vehicles without licenses, a survey conducted by Gabinete de Comunicación Estratégica (GCE) revealed in June, based on a telephone survey of 800 respondents.
Some 53.5% of respondents to the survey said they drove without a license.

COMMENT: Interestingly, the survey indicated that 68.7% of the unlicensed drivers were women.

The survey also revealed that 42.7% of drivers in México do not have automobile insurance.  This percentage is not surprising, but does sound an alarm bell for foreign drivers who drive rented or owned vehicles in México.

It should also be noted that a foreign driver operating a vehicle in México can expect to be charged an average of $134 for insurance coverage while in the country for a week.

Additionally, most foreign drivers are arrested and detained following an at-fault accident while in the country.