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Bus Association Threatens Nationwide Shutdown #537619
08/04/19 04:15 AM
08/04/19 04:15 AM
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The Belize Bus Association has written to the Minister of Transport as well as the Prime Minister, threatening a nation-wide shutdown of the transport sector as bus operators have reached a boiling point waiting for the Ministry to address the issue of foreign bus runs into the country, which have cut into local operators’ bottom lines.

The association wrote to Minister of Transport, Edmond Castro, expressing its frustration with the lack of progress in finding a resolution for the issue more than four months after the operators held their first meeting on the matter. The association referenced its first meeting in April, and a subsequent meeting between Castro and Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia, after which it was agreed a Statutory Instrument would be drafted to ratify the position.

A third meeting was held a month later, according to the association, in which they were told the SI would take about three weeks to draft. The operators say they have engaged in a number of meetings since and feel they are being given the run around. The letter states – “Our members are tired of this…” adding “we have exhausted the process of dialogue with GOB.” The letter said the operators have considered taking industrial action three times over the past four months but have decided to be patient. That patience, however, has worn thin as the operators say the bus runs from foreign companies are affecting their livelihoods.

The association is demanding that an SI passed in 2009, giving access to foreign companies to make runs in Belize, be repealed. The operators have informed the government, “It’s an SI or a SD (shut down).”

The association says it has discussed the issue with its membership, who have grown increasingly frustrated, and are ready to take action if there is no timely response. The Reporter understands that even within the association, the government has sympathizers that have tried to avoid the conflict reaching a head, however, the majority feel that enough time has passed and there hasn’t been an adequate response to the matter.

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Re: Bus Association Threatens Nationwide Shutdown [Re: Marty] #537661
08/07/19 04:42 AM
08/07/19 04:42 AM
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Agreement Reached with Belizean Bus Association on Mexican and Guatemalan Buses Transiting the Country

In a meeting just concluded in Belmopan this afternoon, top officials from the Government of Belize have reached an understanding with representatives of the Belizean Bus Association with respect to buses transiting the country from Guatemala and Mexico.

It was agreed that going forward, only one regular bus run per day would be allowed from each country entering Belize during the day, and returning to the respective country in the evening. Those buses would only be allowed to drop off passengers within the country who travelled with them from across the border. And, on their return trip to Guatemala or Mexico, they would only be authorized to pick up passengers heading across the border into those respective countries.

In order to reflect these stipulations, it was agreed that the necessary changes would be made as soon as possible to Statutory Instrument (S.I) 63 of 2009, or the S.I would be completely repealed and the stipulations included in the permit for the buses entering the country.

The meeting was chaired by Minister of Transport, Honorable Edmond Castro. He was accompanied by Attorney General, Honorable Michael Peyrefitte; Minister of State with responsibility for Economic Investment, Trade and Commerce, Honorable Tracy Panton; CEO in the Ministry of Transport, Ruth Meighan; and Chief Transport Officer, Tirso Galvez. The bus operators’ delegation was headed by President of the Belizean Bus Association, Thomas “Andy” Shaw, who also represents local bus owners countrywide on the Belize Transport Board.

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