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Sep 4, 2019

A New Statutory Instrument Regarding International Buses

Michael Peyrefitte

A statutory instrument signed by Minister of Transport Edmond Castro came into effect earlier today allowing for only one regular bus run per day from each bus line entering Belize and returning to Mexico and Guatemala.  It comes on the heels of an agreement between the Belize Bus Association and government, in light of concerns about international buses operating in Belize.  While the favourable outcome was long in the making, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte says the new S.I. is effective over a trial period.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“The bus and taxi associations had certain demands we couldn’t give into just like that.  We wanted to keep everything in place which was unacceptable to them, so it takes time for you to negotiate back and forth and to, at some point, come to a compromise position.  It doesn’t always take just two minutes for that to happen.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, what were those concerns that the tourism industry brought to the table?”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“Well their concerns were that there were some people who were booked a year in advance with some of the buses who were coming to Belize from Guatemala, for example.  They were concerned about the quality of buses which was a major concern for them.  The bus association and the taxi association have assured us that their quality of the buses and transportation will match those that were coming from Mexico and from Guatemala and that is why we were prepared to give them the trial period to see how it goes.”


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