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Apr 6, 2020

Bus Service – Ceased or Reduced?

On Saturday afternoon the news of the countrywide suspension of bus service took off like wildfire online. That’s because there was an announcement made by the Belize Bus Association. The decision, according President Thomas Shaw, was taken after unanimously by its members following the closure of the terminals on the Saturday morning.  The bus operators, according to the B.B.A., weren’t happy that they weren’t informed that the terminal staff had called in sick. That was the last straw, according to President Shaw, because buses were already operating at a loss with the reduced number of passengers traveling. Here’s how he explained that decision on Saturday.

 

Thomas Shaw

Thomas Shaw, President, BBA

“The terminals were closed. They were not allowing the buses to go into the terminal. Then we hear about social distancing, people are out there and police are moving them. Then I called the Minister and he said well all the workers called in sick this morning. I think if that was the case we should have been informed so that I can inform my operators. As it is, for the past two weeks we were out there although we staggered the runs it still wasn’t really working out because most operators were not even covering for the fuel. But we still stood out there to show our support because we can’t really punish the commuters. People are still travelling. But we held a meeting and we all came to a decision – it was a unanimous decision or by myself, and all operators decided that effective tomorrow we would cease all operations countrywide.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Is this unprecedented? Is this the first time you are seeing something or experiencing something like – I know you have been in the bus industry for a very long time?”

 

Thomas Shaw

“It is the very, very first. I know it gets hard but it has never ever get to this point. The bible tells you about this. This is like famine already because people are hungry. The conductors are calling – some are getting one day per week and there is no way they can suffice their family with that.”


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