Fixing the Bus Problems Print E-mail
( 0 Votes )
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:00

Hon. Edmund Castro at TerminalThe Ministry of Transport under the leadership of Hon. Edmund Castro is once again looking at addressing the problems that have been plaguing the bus transportation industry in Belize.

Over the past few weeks, the Minister along with the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry, Dwight Tillett and the Commissioner of Transport, Crispin Jeffries, has been holding meetings with bus operators and stakeholders across the country to rectify the problems of the industry. Speaking to The Guardian, Hon. Castro said that one of the major problems is the non-existence of a ticketing system. He said that the problem is manifestly worse at the bus terminals where overcrowding is a major concern.

In an effort to address this problem, whichaffects commuters and bus owners alike, a ticketing system will be implemented. This, said Hon. Castro, should come into effect by September 15th. The ticket system will first be implemented in the Belize City and Belmopan terminal where the problem of overcrowding of buses is most chronic.

Hon. Castro said that the Transport Department will be strictly enforcing the conditions for road service permits, which in the past have been flagrantly violated. There are 37 such conditions, which include just about everything from on -time arrival and departure from destinations, to providing commuters with a schedule of charges as well as contact numbers for the bus operator and the Transport Department. Also included in the conditions are monthly Road Worthiness Reports on each bus operated and proper labeling of buses.  Most of the conditions should be adhered to immediately with others having the deadline of September 15th.