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Apr 4, 2019

Local Bus Operators Have Had Enough with Guatemalan, Mexican Bus Companies in Belize

Today, local bus and taxi operators met in Belize City to discuss what they say is a continued economic threat by foreign bus companies. The operators say that Mexican and Guatemalan bus companies which have been operating in the country are doing so with several perks and privileges not afforded to local operators. They say they have had enough and today met to present a unified position to Transport Minister Edmond Castro. Speaking on behalf of the group were Thomas Shaw, President of the Belizean Bus Association and Mark Humes, Chairman of the Bus Terminal Market Square Taxi Cooperative.

 

Mark Humes

Mark Humes, Chairman, Bus Terminal Market Square Taxi Cooperative

“Many operators are upset, annoyed, dissatisfied of what is going on but we are here to make cooler heads prevail, that we are not only in disagreement with it but we want to present options where there are bus operators that have buses that are air conditioned, convenient , comfortable and we can provide those runs. For example, we go to Guatemala, we stop at the bother. We can’t go across. So we are saying that we want those revenues from the Belizean people.We had to sort of calm down some of the members from different groups because some of them have been tackling this issue for quite some time apparently. We at the Bus Terminal Market Square Taxi Cooperative we are right at the barrel of the gun because that is where the people come in. And so we have seen the effect of this. So we want to come together and negotiate and present a proposal that will be able to impact and improve the services in Belize, present that to the Minister and Ministry of Transport and we go from there. Others have been talking about industrial action but we are not at that stage as yet.”

 

Thomas Shaw

Thomas Shaw, President, Belizean Bus Association

“It has been an ongoing problem for years where we have foreign buses entering our country and the privileges and our local operators that actually live her do not have . For instance, we have Arado, ADO, Marilyn Espadas, San Juan; all these  buses can go to Fort Street, still enter the terminal and our local buses cannot go to Fort Street. Out buses cannot enter Guatemala if it is even, whether it is empty or full it can’t really enter the country. So this gathering here today is a matter of unity where the taxi associations, federations and everybody have come together because everybody is being affected by it. So we are trying to come out with something positive to send to the Ministry, to the Prime Minister and see how they can assist us in this situation.”

 

Transport Minister Edmond Castro committed to be part of the meeting today, but according to Humes and Shaw, he was absent due to an emergency meeting. They say a written proposal will be forwarded to Castro and the ministry.


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  1. Timber says:

    Emergency , my FOOT. Ask him what is his take for allowing these buses to operate. That’s actually how he always avoid when he’s put on the spot. I’ve had that personal experience with him but he wasn’t as smart as me on his best day as I am on my worst. Call another meeting and be prepared to take the meeting wherever he is. Also, bus owners, keep in mind you can’t be clamoring for business and have dilapidated transportation.

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