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Sep 2, 2016

Bus Wars Erupt; Driver Charged as Bus Cooperative Goes to War with ADO

The Belize Bus Owners Cooperative (BBOC) and ADO bus company of Mexico have escalated a rivalry over a key bus run in the North of Belize. Beginning this morning, ADO, which runs a special night service between Belize City and Cancun and Merida, Mexico is operating an eleven a.m. run on the same route; but B.B.O.C. accuses the Mexican giants of treating their special express run like a regular run, stopping to pick up and drop off passengers. Today they decided to fight back – and found themselves on the wrong side of the law. This afternoon Senior Superintendent Alden Dawson, Deputy Regional Commander for Eastern Division South, filled in the blanks.

 

Alden Dawson

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson, Dep. Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“Sometime after eleven this morning, I was called at my office, stating there was some issue with the B.B.O.C. bus drivers. I proceeded to that location and upon my arrival I noticed that a bus was parked at the exit of the terminal and there was no driver inside the bus. I made checks I spoke to the officers who were there and I learned at that time that they had some misunderstanding and they did not want the ADO bus to depart the compound. I spoke to the person who was standing in front of the ADO bus, who were employees of the B.B.O.C., and for the most part the majority cooperated and moved from in front of the bus. We had one person who we had to arrest, because he was not cooperating with us, and we subsequently moved the bus causing the obstruction – the buses, actually, it was two of them – and the ADO bus went on its way.”

 

The police impounded the buses in question at the Militia Hall on the George Price Highway. The daily runs are expected to continue on Saturday.

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1 Response for “Bus Wars Erupt; Driver Charged as Bus Cooperative Goes to War with ADO”

  1. Jason says:

    It all boils down to service and safety. Our Belize Bus drivers drive with no respect for laws and rules-they stop anywhere, sped and race with each other, and involved in numerous crashes. At least the ADO’s have speed regulators, and don’t race, don’t overtake illegally, don’t stop in middle of highway or have stupid flashing lights all over blinding drivers behind a bus the whole way. If they can’t fix up-I support the professional busses to take over. I have nerve seen garbage being thrown out of an ADO bus.

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