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Dec 7, 2005

Ministry of Transport: illegal buses will be impounded

Story PictureToday, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport Glenn Tillett maintained to News Five that the government is prepared to continue setting up random checkpoints and impounding buses if necessary.

Glenn Tillett, Spokesman, Ministry of Transport
?Our message to commuters is that we will continue to carry out exercises to ensure that the bus operators are operating within the law, within the regulations. We will continue to make every effort that nobody is stranded on the road and it is our determination and objective that at the end of these exercises, we will have a bus service which you can rely on.?

Janelle Chanona
?Is there anything passengers can do before getting on the bus? Can they check for licensing first to make sure they won?t have to get off at a later point??

Glenn Tillett
?Yes, I believe as a consumer, commuters should ask the relevant questions, ascertain who they are riding with and try to ascertain whether or not these people have a permit. Sometimes just asking the question can save you inconvenience.?

According to Tillett, drivers should have a copy of their road service permit in hand or interested persons can contact the Transport Board in Belmopan for more information. A National Transport press release issued this afternoon highlighted that the following runs have been affected by the discontinuation of service: three school runs servicing Sacred Heart, La Loma Luz, Mopan Technical High, and Mount Carmel School; one commuters express from Benque Viejo to Belmopan for U.B. students and civil servants; four daily commuter runs from Benque Viejo to Belize; and one daily commuter trip from eight miles to Belize City.

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