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May 30, 2011

Bus owners; are they on the road to recovery?

Last Friday, the transportation industry came to a screeching halt when members of the Belize Bus Owners Cooperative staged a protest closing off the northern and western highways. It resulted in the blockage of all major thoroughfares as well as the burning of tires across the Western and Northern Highways. Commuters were unable to take public transportation from as early as four o’clock in the morning in the west to as late as eleven in the north. The protest signaled the frustration of bus owners over new daily runs granted by the Ministry of Transport to the West Line Company owned by Sergio Chuc, a stalwart supporter of the government for runs in the northern zone. When we left you on Friday, the protest was called off following discussions with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who admitted that mistakes had been made. All day today negotiations between bus operators and transport officials remained ongoing in the aftermath of the massive countrywide shutdown. This morning the Belizean Bus Association’s president Thomas Shaw revisited the negotiating table. Although Shaw had indicated that they had lost confidence in the Minister of Transport, Melvin Hulse, the first order of business today was a meeting with Hulse. What has been agreed so far is that a handful of runs have been taken away from Sergio Chuc’s West Line which means that BBOC buses can resume runs to the western zone.  News Five spoke with Shaw in Belmopan via phone earlier today to get an update on the transport situation.

Voice of: Thomas Shaw, President, Belizean Bus Association

Thomas Shaw

“So far in the west BBOC, the cooperative, has been given the runs in the west.  They have gotten eight runs in the west, four out of the west and five, nine runs in the west actually.  So we’ll have like four runs coming out in the morning and from west to east and then we’ll have the other runs from east to west, vice versa.  So basically these runs should commence on Wednesday.  Now the runs in the north are still under negotiations due to the fact that the operators in the north we had a meeting yesterday and the outcome of that meeting [unsatisfactory].  I don’t think it was really working out because everybody was actually just looking out for themselves and we had two guys there that were representing basically some of the newcomers and that wasn‘t really working out in the favor of our other members.  So we’re holding a meeting today in Belmopan and we’re going to see what’s the outcome of it.  But as for the west, for the west Sergio Chuc has five runs being taken away from him in the west, that’s from Belize City to San Ignacio and that will be replaced by the BBOC.  So, BBOC will be running in both directions this coming Wednesday.”

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5 Responses for “Bus owners; are they on the road to recovery?”

  1. Latina Mom says:

    All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful MUST BE REASONABLE; that the MINORITY possesses their equal rights, WHICH EQUAL LAW MUST PROTECT and to violate it would be OPPRESSION!!………………
    Thomas Jefferson

  2. Teacher says:

    I think it’s a shame that things had to get to the level that they got on Friday. It happens when our leaders live in another world which is very different from the world the rest of us live in. It’s really shameful when that happens. These people live in a completely different world from the one we live in. They are not affected by the things that affect the rest of us. I do commend the bus owners and the BBA for standing up for what is truly theirs. I think that they should not settle for less and not compromise any at all. They should get back all the runs they had in the West previously. I just hope they don’t start fighting amongst themselves as to the runs. Some are happy the others in the north are not. This is another example of divide and conquer.

  3. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    WE NEED MORE BUSES TO RUN, OUR COUNTRY IS GROWING, I ENCOURAGE THOSE PERSON WHO HAVE NEVER SET FOOT IN A BUS TO TRY IT.
    WE COMMUTERS KNOW THE LICK WE GET EVERYDAY TRYING TO GET IN A BUS FROM BELIZE TO BELMOPAN AND BELMOPAN TO BELIZE.
    IN THESE DAYS WITH SO MANY COMMUTER WE NEED BUSES EVERY TEN MINUTES OK

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    That’s what happen to Belizean Citizens that are not affiliates of the Barrow Administration.Barrow’s way of leadership is no different than his counterparts in the Middle East.It’s either his way or the highway.I guess democracy in his dictionary means dictatorship.

  5. Harodite says:

    Dictatorship indeed! What are you going to do about it? A powerful movement has started in Belize, BelizeCan. The BelizeCan Patriots organization is seeking the support of All Belizeans in its fight for Social Justice, Transparency, Accountability, Freedom of Speech, and an End to Political Victimization by Both Sides of the Partisan Aisle.

    Facebook page: BelizeCan Patriots
    web site: http://www.BelizeCan.com

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