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Jun 8, 2011

Firm on transport, P.M. says G.O.B. sticking to deal with bus operators

Dean Barrow

And after clearly dismissing the squatters by calling them fraudsters, the P.M. moved onto the next hot button issue. The transport industry has been going through several changes as the bus associations have been dealt several changes to the routes assigned to them by the Ministry of Transport.  When the roads were being blocked and tires were burnt on both the Northern and Western Highways, the Prime Minister stepped in and began negotiations. Though at least one bus association is still unsatisfied, the Prime Minister says, that a deal was brokered two weeks ago and the government will keep to that commitment.

Dean Barrow

“In terms of the bus controversy; government is satisfied that the solution reached with the BBOC and the BBA two Saturdays ago is a fair and just solution. That is a solution that is being implemented; that is a solution we will continue to implement. Now, there is certainly one bus owner who runs in the west of the country that is dissatisfied. The lone operator who is still not satisfied and who may draw some support from others, the lone operator is always free to talk to us. Government has a duty to remain open. In fact, I believe that the area representative from the district from which that operator hails was making an effort even today to try to have a dialogue with the operator. But I want to be absolutely clear that this talk that we must revert to the status quo, this talk that government must now remove every last run, given to Westlline, Mr. Chuc’s outfit is going to go nowhere. That is not going to happen. We reached a solution with all concerned including Mr. Chuc. It was pronounced a fair solution—not just by the government—but by all parties at the time. You can’t keep going back and asking us to revisit an agreement that has already been inked. You can’t keep moving the goal post. Government must be flexible, government must try to accommodate, but ultimately government must govern. And so, we are going to proceed. Of course, you would have heard on the news that the northern bus owners—and I believe they don’t except for one or two belong to the BBA; they’ve found their own association—have again reached a complete agreement with the government with respect to the entire north of the country.”

Following the Prime Minister’s Press Conference, the Belize Bus Association released copies of a letter it wrote on Tuesday to the Chairman of the Transport Board, John Flowers. BBS is still making three demands; the removal of West Line from the current Western Zone schedule and the return of other bus operators to their original routes, a two year permit for Chells, Venus and Cabrera’s bus lines in the north and that a representative from the BBA be seated on the Transport Board. The BBA is also demanding a response by Friday.

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5 Responses for “Firm on transport, P.M. says G.O.B. sticking to deal with bus operators”

  1. Teacher says:

    I like how the government is protecting the sacred cow in the transportation industry. He has clearly said that Segio Chuch has nowhere to go. That’s a real shame on the prime minister. It shows how they have preference for their people. That’s really nice on his part. I would love for the prime minister and the ministers to have to ride bus one of these days. I really wish he would get on a bus like any common citizen and put up with all the foolishness that happens everyday. He’s riding around in AC and could care less about any body else. Congrats Mr. Prime Minister. Keep up the horrible work you are doing.

  2. baan-ya says:

    Chells and Venus bus lines should be the last to be demanding anything in the north. They’ve failed to provide good service to commuters in the north. Both companies own run down buses and their service is really terrible. Bus owners need to understand that there are basic standards that should be met and government should ensure that these standards are met. Bus companies like Venus and Chells are a thing of the past and in my opinion, should step aside an allow a more competent company to take their places!

  3. WESTERNMERMAID says:

    I WILL FOREVER SAY THIS, WE NEED MORE BUSES ON THE ROAD, I COMMUTE DAILY AND WISH SOMEDAY WE HAVE BUSES LEAVING THE TERMINAL EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES,
    PRIME MINISTER PLEASE START HAVING BUSES LEAVE THE TERMINAL EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES.

  4. rasman says:

    Government is not for the people; The bus owner and association are not saying not to give Westline runs, they are saying not to take away existin runs and give to westline. I can’t understand how flippen and dean cann’t understand this. Maybe they want a guaranteed return on their investment.

  5. CLEANHEART says:

    RASMAN YOU ARE MISTAKEN YES THE BBA DO NOT WANT WESTLINE ON THE ROAD, DON’T YOU LISTEN TO THE NEWS,
    WE NEED MORE BUSES ON THE ROAD

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