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Apr 22, 2002

Bus owners, Gov’t still deadlocked on fares

Owners of Belize’s bus lines and government officials remain closeted in Belmopan tonight, as yet unable to break the stalemate over bus fares. A protest in Benque Viejo this morning resulted in eleven people being issued summons for illegal assembly, after commuters refused to pay newly increased fares. The transport operators, led by mega-line Novelo’s, cite drastically higher operating costs. Government maintains that while price hikes may be justified, the operators have not followed the legal procedure of formally applying for the change in fares.


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