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Nov 13, 2009

Bus owners injunction pulls the brakes on Transport Dept.

Story PictureA third legal challenge against the Transport Department was filed in the Supreme Court today. Two days ago, the Transport Department announced that it had approved new bus schedules for the western routes that it said would solve the constant feud between bus operators serving the area. But it doesn’t appear that they got it right. Today attorney for the Belize Bus Owners Cooperative (B.B.O.C.), Lionel Welch, filed an injunction against the Department.

This afternoon a spokesperson for the more than twenty operators that make up the B.B.O.C. told News Five that the cooperative lost three peak runs it once enjoyed under the old schedule. The matter is a sensitive one since as a cooperative, B.B.O.C. falls under the government, and the Department they are taking to court is also a government agency. The injunction is seeking a review of the schedules that would have come into effect Monday evening.

Information to News Five is that B.B.O.C. is not the only group that has an issue with the new schedules. The owner of Shaw’s Bus Line, Andy Shaw, also told us that he is not pleased with his new runs. Over the last few weeks Flores Bus Line who operates between Lord’s Bank and Belize City took the Department to court after it suspended them and their permit would have expired during that period, had the suspension taken effect. That matter also remains before the court. The northern bus routes are also under legal challenge by the Novelo brothers.


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