Ministry of Transport to begin reminding bus operators of standards deadline
The Ministry of Transport is sending a stern message to bus operators that come December they will need to upgrade their fleets. Last year, the ministry unveiled its plans to rid the country’s roads of dilapidated buses by modernizing the public transportation sector. The new standards seek to improve and upgrade commuter buses traversing the country in a phased approach. Initially, the project’s commencement was set for December 2022, but after pushback from the Belize Bus Owners Association, it was moved to December 2023. Today, Minister of Transport Rodwell Ferguson explained that his ministry has begun to remind bus owners and will release the new standards shortly.
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Transport: “Just this morning I spoke to the Acting Chief Transport Officer because on Monday I gave him a directive to get out assault information to the news and I’m reminding him this morning. So hopefully by this evening tomorrow, that should be in the news and I’m asking all bus operators to remind them that there was a deadline for December 2023. It is fast approaching. We were very quiet for the last six months because I gave them a deadline. Now the deadline is almost here. So we are going to remind each operator that we are reminding you that you need to meet a certain standard. There were some adjustments to the standard because we recognize that Belizeans can’t afford to buy a brand new bus and so there are different criteria now. I can’t remember what they are now but I believe by tomorrow it should be in the media, then you know exactly what are the criteria we are expecting out of the bus operators effective come December 2023. And also we are going to organize an inspection of all buses across the country. So I already instructed the acting CTO that you need to have your team ready by Monday to go around the country to make sure and inspect all buses to see if they are road worthy.”