Apr 22, 2020 18:29 PM

Mexico entered phase 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic (coronavirus), which means greater isolation of the population and, therefore, more empty roads, a hook for crime that the federal government must prevent, therefore, The Confederation of Employers of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) asked the security and transport authorities to protect the cargo motor transport.

"Due to its essential nature, the sector requests from the corresponding authorities of the three levels of government the necessary security conditions on highways, loading and unloading areas during this contingency," Coparmex said in a statement.

In order to prevent transporters from being robbed on highways and guarantee the supply of food, medicines and essential products, the agency proposed to the federal government to replicate the model of the Immediate Reaction Theft of Freight Transportation throughout the country.

"In order to shield the corridors against crime, they (Mexican businessmen) propose to adopt the model of the Immediate Reaction Center, to deal with the theft of the cargo motor transport that was installed in the C4 of Puebla, on the routes of greatest incidence : Mexico-Puebla-Veracruz-Tabasco; Mexico-Querétaro-Guanajuato-Lázaro Cárdenas, ”said Coparmex.

The creation of the Immediate Reaction Center was announced since December last year with the aim of addressing crimes against the sector in the Mexico-Puebla-Veracruz corridor in an alliance between the National Chamber of Cargo Transportation (Canacar), the Secretariat of Citizen Security and Protection (SSPC), the National Guard and vehicle tracking companies. Said project would seek to extend in the sections with the highest incidence of theft. Data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) indicated that in March there were 764 thefts from carriers, 31.47% less than in the same month of the previous year, but 7.60% more than in February 2020. In the third month of this year, the SESNSP registered that the State of Mexico, Michoacán, Puebla, Nuevo León and Morelos were the states where there were more thefts from carriers, accumulating 84.92% of the cases in all of Mexico. Thefts in the State of Mexico totaled 314 in March of this year, 9.24% less than the previous month. In Michoacán 126 robberies were committed, 100% more than in February 2020. In as much, in Puebla 99 cases were registered, 11.23% more; in Morelos the increase was 4.65% with 45 cases and Nuevo León, which had 65 robberies, the increase was 41.30 percent.

 Likewise, the businessmen asked that during this contingency the overregulation of cargo motor transport be eliminated in order to avoid circulation restrictions that interrupt the supply chain. "It is essential to eliminate the restrictions of movement and schedules at the local level, provisions that in addition to generating excessive charges for circulation permits and loading and unloading, hinder and increase the costs of products," said Coparmex.