Motorized scooters have become a popular mode of transportation attracting the youth in San Pedro Town. These powered stand-up scooters use a small electric motor, and its design and speed allows users to quickly slide through traffic. This new means of transportation is beginning to cause problems with the already congested traffic situation on the island and islanders are concerned about the dangers these vehicles pose. Not only is the general public against it, but the San Pedro Traffic Department (SPTD) as well. The SPTD stated that they do not agree with the powered stand-up scooters and that they never issued any permits for their usage on the island.
The scooters, however, are being used and can be rented from different establishments in downtown San Pedro. Although the SPTD does not approve of the new business, the proprietors were able to override their decision by obtaining a trade license from The San Pedro Town Council. According to SPTD, they consulted with the Belize Department of Transport, who advised them that such scooters should not be issued permits. Despite this consultation, the proprietors were still allowed to run this business under certain conditions. They agreed to adjust the speed on the scooters, and are making sure that only persons from a certain age can rent them. Also, they must use protective gear when using the scooters. Failure to do so will result in the proprietor being fined.
The popular scooters have reportedly caused a series of accidents in town, and many residents fear that someone could end up getting badly hurt. A couple of incidents involving young children were reported in downtown during the Easter holidays. The latest incident took place over the last weekend in April, when four users were caught without protective gear. The scooters were taken away, and the rentals served with a fine by traffic officers. Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun