Traffic News

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 19, No. 32            August 27, 2009

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New Traffic Manager Chris Nuñez.

New Traffic Department Manager - Chris Nuñez

There are three governing bodies that facilitate the flow and management of traffic on Ambergris Caye. The body that handles the movement of traffic on our streets, street sign implementation and ticketing is the Traffic Department which  acquired the services of Chris Nuñez as Manager of said department.

        Nuñez took position at the department for a period of three months as of July 14th, 2009. His major responsibilities include issuance of tickets and the collection of fines, upgrading of the traffic signs around town and ensuring that motorists adhere to the traffic laws. As Traffic Manager, Nuñez forms part of the second body which is the Transport Board which handles the registration and licensing of vehicles. The third and final body is the Ambergris Caye Traffic Control Committee which is chaired by Councilor Severo Guerrero Sr. All bodies fall under the guidance of the San Pedro Town Council.

        For further information visit the Traffic Department at the back of the SPTC building on the first floor. Their opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and is closed during weekends. You can contact the office at (226) 4286, via Fax (226) 4287, or email subject TRAFFIC.

Vehicle Moratorium in place

Since July, the Ambergris Caye Traffic Control Committee (ACTCC) implemented a moratorium on the importation of any vehicle (other than golf carts) into the island. The moratorium is to last for a period of six months and will end in January 2010.

        According to ACTCC Chairman Councilor Severo Guerrero, Sr. this was found to be necessary since at the moment there seems to be an oversaturation of vehicles on Ambergris Caye. During the period that the moratorium is in effect, Councilor Guerrero commented that they will be able to properly determine the exact number of vehicles on the island based on their respective types. “To my knowledge,” he explains, “there has not been a proper accounting as to how many vehicles are on the island. This is what we need to do. Update the system to accurately decipher how many vehicles are here at any given time.”

        Candelaria Saldivar Montero, Transport Commissioner at the Department of Transport in Belmopan explained that according to ACTCC Act SI 125 of 1996, ACTCC is the body authorized for the importation of vehicles on the island. As such, ACTCC can hold a moratorium for any given period of time.
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