Six brand new Toyota vehicles were handed over to the Department of Transport. The vehicles will service the north, Belize City, Belmopan and Dangriga. We join Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz for the full story.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: A donation handing over ceremony of six brand new highway patrol vehicles by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Second Road Safety Project to the Department of Transport was held this afternoon at NEMO headquarters in Belmopan. Yvonne Hyde, the CEO for the Ministry of Economics and Tersio Galvez, the Chief Transport Officer spoke to Love News about the donation and how these six vehicles will be put to good use.
Yvonne Hyde, CEO, Ministry of Economic Development: “The vehicles are going to be allocated to the districts as you heard and they will be used to help the transport departments in those districts to patrol the highways in the areas and also work with the citizenry in the areas to understand more about road safety through their patrolling. Basically it’s part of the Second Road Safety Project and it’s considered critical because one of the shortcomings of the Transport Department is transportation, vehicles, to be able to patrol the roads properly and to be able to where possible issue tickets if necessary and to basically educate the populace in the areas about the importance of road safety so it’s really that.”
Tersio Galvez, Chief Transport Officer: “The Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development ensure that all road safety features were built within these six highway patrol vehicles. These vehicles are rated as five star, fully equipped to continue with the rolling out of the Department of Transport’s road safety strategic plan. This component however does not stand alone, it is an integral part of a multidisciplinary approach which includes education and awareness, post crash care and capacity building to name a few. These six highway patrol vehicles are well equipped, have a four year insurance plan and a four year maintenance plan built in. We are building our capacity to conduct enforcement on a more frequent basis as road safety matters.”
Each vehicle is valued at about one hundred thousand dollars.