Jalisco’s Secretaria de Movilidad (Semov) resumed random vehicle spot checks at lakeside this week, with local motorists reporting a team of agents posted on the highway west of Ajijic at La Cristina on Wednesday, September 19.
While the officers were presumably focused on the current crackdown on vehicles lacking current emissions verification stickers (hologramas), they were also pulling over drivers for other violations and carefully inspecting their documents.
The Guadalajara Reporter received several anonymous complaints of shakedowns for off-the-book mordidas (bribes) to avoid traffic tickets and threats of vehicle confiscation.
The best method of protection against intimidation is to carry all requisite documentation and other paperwork to prove legality of the vehicle and its driver.
In the case of foreign-plated cars and trucks temporarily imported by foreign citizens, drivers should be prepared to show the following:
- Original* valid driver license issued in Mexico or abroad
- Original* Temporary Import Permit (TIP) and corresponding windshield hologram sticker
- Original* of driver’s INM visitor visa or temporary resident ID card
- Valid auto insurance policy for Mexico
Recommended complementary paperwork: