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Nov 2, 2012

Haylock Bus Line suspended only for 1 week after child falls out of bus

Martin Noble

The Transport Board has taken action against Haylock Bus Service in light of a near fatal accident on Wednesday in which nine year-old Martin Noble was flung from a jam-packed Haylock bus en route to Ladyville. The board’s decision amounts to a slap on the wrist since it is suspending the company’s bus runs for only one week.  Haylock’s entire fleet will remain grounded until November ninth.  The temporary halt, which took effect as of ten o’clock this morning, follows a review of a preliminary report submitted to the board following the incident.  That report registers a breach in safety precautions which require that all passengers are properly seated onboard the bus.  Noble, a student of Holy Redeemer Primary School, was heading home to Lord’s Bank after classes that afternoon when he was violently tossed from the rear of the bus into oncoming traffic.  A motorist, who was driving behind the vehicle, reportedly had to veer away from the outbound lane to avoid hitting the injured minor.  The cause of the mishap has since been attributed to a faulty rear door which was being secured by a padlock.  During the period of the suspension, the Department of Transport will conduct a thorough check of all the buses to verify the road-worthiness of the fleet.  Should they fail the inspection, Haylock’s Bus Service will be required to address the problems immediately, before being reinstated.  Belize Transit Service, as well as other operators belonging to the Belize Bus Association, will take up the Belama and Ladyville runs, respectively.

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8 Responses for “Haylock Bus Line suspended only for 1 week after child falls out of bus”

  1. Storm says:

    It’s a start, many Haylock buses are bad. It will be a relief if they are ALL made safe before going back onto the road with passengers.

    But the danger isn’t limited to that one company — start with Haylock, but please inspect EVERY bus in Belize, and ground the ones that don’t meet EVERY safety requirement.

    And someone had a good idea here a couple days ago — make a regulation that all standees must be allowed to ride FOR FREE. With no profit, there will be no more standees. Maybe fewer passengers put in the hospital.

  2. sugarcity says:

    I feel sorry for this lil cute boy…God will give you strength for the recovery…

  3. judy says:

    I think Transport needs to check ALL buses for violations, not just Haylock’s. How many times have you seen the door hanging open? Standees crammed inside. Buses speeding and overtaking recklessly? How many people will have to die before Transport enforces the rules and regulations? I think the time is now !!

  4. Simone says:

    Can they please stop the buses from racing and having their blinking lights on all day and night (which is worse as it blinds other drivers)? Please CASTRO-exercise your authority or there will be more accidents because of these bus drivers who think they are in INDY 500

  5. impartial says:

    just this morning on the highway you could see lots of standees on the buses, buses stopping in the middle of the road to drop and pick up passengers and thus halting traffic (which is bad already during rush hour) and buses overtaking and cutting in from outside the lane… so I have little faith in these cosmetic measures

  6. me says:

    i watch haylock buses fly thru the belama area, not even stopping at stop signs, but stopping every where else where somebody waves their hand at them. no signal, because the emergency lights are always on. however, haylock buses aren’t the only problem. every bus company has drivers that still force their way into traffic after being pulled over on the side. they feel because they give their signal that they haftu get back into traffic. is this how all bus drivers learned to drive? or is it that their bosses tell them to do it? if so, many more safety precautions need to be met, nut just doors being closed and brakes in tact. rules should be enforced that busses stop only at designated bus stops, and please Belizeans, if you know th ebus passes by th elane at 10:15, be there for 10:10. running on belize time needs to stop. when you have to run down the bus, that disrupts the flow of traffic too.

  7. sunbather says:

    That is so careless of the bus line. Several months ago my daughter came very near to being thrown from one of the popular local airline, between Dangriga and Belize City enroute to Belize municipal. She was only passenger on board when door next to her swung open…after sometime with effort from pilot he was able to get it shut but only for a few minutes later the same thing happen again but since flight was about to land and my daughter had change seat , the plane landed with door ajar. This was very scary to think that pilot had to leave his seat to close door.

  8. issues says:

    It is not just the safety of the buses. I have seen the bus drivers racing each other with buses full people!

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