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Feb 7, 2011

Court allows Transport Department to make schedules for Northern Routes

In 2009 the now defunct National Transport bus company filed an injunction in the Supreme Court to stop the Transport Department from implementing bus schedules for the northern route similar to those that are in place for the west and south of the country.  But the court ruled in favor of the Department last week and today, wasting no time, the Department held its first meeting with bus owners from the north.  According to Minister of Transport, Melvin Hulse, the purpose is to come up with proposals for the north.

Melvin Hulse, Minister of Transport

Melvin Hulse

“Before we could have implemented the northern zone, which captured the villages of the Belize Rural, the whole of Orange Walk, both villages and town, and the Corozal District, villages and town.  Before we could have implemented a northern zone there was an injunction put against us against the implementation of the northern zone until a judicial review has been done.  Well, after two years the judicial review is completed and the court s have exonerated us so our responsibility is to immediately – the injunction was lifted on Thursday, the Department of Transport immediately start to gather information of what actually was happening on the ground, a draft proposal put on a proposed schedule, capturing the separation of villages in these three areas and the town and so this was our first consultation meeting with all the people who actually running buses out here.  You need to bear in mind that most all the permits that have been in the north have already expired long long ago but the injunction said that we must leave the status quo as it was so we couldn’t issue any permit, nor could we renew any permit.  We need to ensure that there are adequate amount of buses for the commuters and so far it’s looking like there will be a need for about fifty eight buses, doing from Santa Elena to Belize on a daily basis, exclusive of the village runs.  Every member have the proposed schedule.  We will meet again next Saturday and they will each view the proposed schedule and fine-tune it in a practical sense so we could get it all regulated and I think it will work.  I see it working out because they realize that it noh mek sense fi have wah lotta bus running.  There will be no more racing and we definitely want to avoid that atrocious condition where people were overloading.”

Minister Hulse says he expects that the northern zone will be implemented by April first.

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2 Responses for “Court allows Transport Department to make schedules for Northern Routes”

  1. cg says:

    we do need a lot of bus going and coming from the north and scheduled bus stops…most times buses when they are not full, just “feel” like not stopping….which should not be

  2. jorge castillo says:

    “There will be no more racing and we definitely want to avoid that atrocious condition where people were overloading”. HOW? has anyone from the news taken the time to ride the buses lately. there is no more racing now there is lamping up on the road. back in the days an express bus used to take 2 hours from Benque to Belize now its taking nearly 3 hours not to mention the regular runs. its a pity that there is no competition anymore. and talk about over crowding, hello minister be real and ride a bus one of this days and you will wake up to the reality.

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