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Nov 14, 2018

Philip Jones Threatens Court Action against Department of Transport

Kareem Musa

According to Musa, the decision of the Department of Transport will be appealed and based on the minister’s decision, it will be decided whether the matter will be taken before the courts.

 

Kareem Musa, Attorney

“If he doesn’t make a decision within a reasonable time, our next step is to take this matter back to the Supreme Court for a juridical review of the Transport Board’s decision to deny his application and the omission of the minister to hear the appeal within a reasonable time. So that is where we are currently; the decision by the Transport Board has been made. When Haylock’s Bus Service initiated this claim, it was only the Belize City Council that had recommended Mister Jones to have this permit as it relates to the Belama bus route. But now the higher authority has, in my opinion, handed down a political decision that will now have legal consequences. In addition to the fact that this decision amounts to an exclusive concession which does not have the approval of the House, in addition to that, according to the chairlady of the Transport Board in her affidavit to the court—because they were later on added to these proceedings—she informed the court that in March of 2017, the Transport Board implemented a moratorium on the issuance of any new road service permits. So this second ground of our appeal because we are in possession of documents that prove that that moratorium is a falsity and that as early as last month, October of 2018, a new road service permit was issued to somebody and previous to that, there were other individuals who had gotten road service permits. So that just shows the discriminatory nature of this decision by the Transport Board. It is unreasonable, it is arbitrary and therefore it must be challenged; firstly with the minister and thereafter we take it back to the court.”


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