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Sep 14, 2022

Bus Association President: Several Obstacles Prevent Bus Upgrades

Bus operators met with the management of the National Bank of Belize today to further discuss the possibility of getting loans to purchase new buses. This is part of the revamping of the public transportation system to offer upgraded service to the commuting public. Following the meeting, President of the Belize Bus Association, Thomas Shaw told News Five that there are at least a couple issues that are impeding that progress.

 

Thomas Shaw

Thomas Shaw, President, Belize Bus Association

“The bank is willing to assist the operators but again, it comes with – as my secretary had stated in the last meeting – that we all have to sign up for this e-wallet and one of the problems there is that the data that the bank wants, you won’t be able to get it overnight. Then the next thing is if you do not have the data then you cannot get the loan. And it’s not everybody that would be riding the bus would be in a position to have a Smart phone. So I said – what we discussed was that it has to be an educational process where the bank, the department, the association need to go on the morning show or the media and try to educate the public and let them know this is what is actually coming. But to abruptly say well – and the next thing is that the National Bank wants – they were talking of brand new buses, but then the money that they are willing to give to the operators is not enough to buy a new bus. They are only talking about a hundred and fifty thousand dollars per operator. That can’t buy a new bus. So, we’d be looking at a used bus, right so this is where we’re at. So even I think from the department’s standpoint they realize that we’re still not sure where we go from there, you know because we’re still in consultation in terms of the type of buses, the year, price, and all the rest of it. So this is where we’re at. We’ll be having a press conference tomorrow as the department, the minister, the C.E.O. there have always been out there giving their side of the story and I think it’s just right for the association to brief the nation in terms of what is actually plaguing the industry.”

 

The press conference will be held at the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute on Princess Margaret Drive starting at ten in the morning.


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