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Jan 8, 2019

CitCo Purchases 24 New Motor Vehicles

The Belize City Council today displayed twenty-four new motor vehicles which were purchased as part of the council’s plan to address congested traffic flows, citizen security in the city and enhance the council’s productivity in several departments. The council entered into a payment agreement with Caribbean Motors for twelve motorcycles at an estimated cost of two-thousand dollars and twelve pickup trucks at an estimated cost of thirty-thousand dollars each.  The council will be paying ten thousand dollars a month for its new fleet of motor vehicles for sixty months. It’s a total cost of more than six hundred thousand dollars, but according to Mayor Bernard Wagner, it is all worth it. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

A financial partnership between Caribbean Motors and the Belize City Council led to today’s short unveiling ceremony in which the City Council boastfully displayed twenty-four motor vehicles- twelve motorcycles and twelve pickup trucks. The acquisition of the vehicles was the idea of Councilor Responsible for Traffic, Allan Pollard Jr., with the aim to ensure public safety and enhance the council’s productivity

 

Allan Pollard Jr.

Allan Pollard Jr., Councilor Responsible for Traffic

“Today is a testament to our council’s resilience and we remain resolute in our efforts to serve our community. As the city continues to expand, so too must the methods we use to manage it. Before today, managing over twenty thousand commuters was an extremely difficult task with the limited vehicles at the council’s disposal. While this was a problem that we inherited, it should not be one we are stuck with. The implementation of twelve new vehicle and twelve motorcycle will aid us in our mission and commitment to better serve our city and its residence.”

 

According to Councilor Pollard, after reviewing the council’s assessment of traffic flows within the city, a new traffic plan had to be devised.

 

Allan Pollard Jr.

“This plan will aid in better coverage of all areas of Belize City which will then to the proper enforcement of traffic laws that we desperately need. Our job as a council is not finished at the purchasing but it continues in maintaining the assets of the council. Staff, we must ensure that the vehicles are used for their intended purposes and are maintained so that we get the maximum life out of each. The residents must be proud when the equipment are cleaned and are properly handled.”

 

The vehicles will also be utilized by the Special Constable Unit, Works Department, Cemetery and Sanitation Units as well as the Public Health and Public Relations Departments.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner

“These vehicles will be use to bring good order to the at times chaotic or even hazardous streets, roads and highways. They will enhance the mobility of several departments in their efforts to provide service to our people particularly those that traverse the two stretch of highways that serve as gateways to Belize City.”

 

According to Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, the vehicles will be paid for in sixty monthly installments with a yearly interest of ten percent.

 

Bernard Wagner

“It’s a purchase type agreement. It is a five year facility where we would be paying something in the area of ten thousand monthly which is neither here nor there in respect to your debt servicing. It does not impact the council’s debt servicing whatsoever. At the end of the day you are acquiring twenty-four chattels. We will be very diligently on how these vehicles are run and how they are maintained because it is an asset that is suppose to have a life of five years. So we intend to ensure that the council does not lose in that area.”

 

Hipolito Novelo, News Five.


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