Protest in Ladyville Village After Bus Service Owner Claims Political Victimisation

Protest in Ladyville Village After Bus Service Owner Claims Political Victimisation

This weekend, residents of Ladyville Village will be taking to the streets to protest after the owner of Serrano’s Bus Service, Hernan Serrano, claimed he was being run out of business due to political victimisation. Serrano claims that his road service permit was not renewed due to political interference from the village’s Chairman, Bernardo Bennet, who is the owner of Central Transit. However, Bennett refutes that claim and says he played no role in the decision to cancel Serano’s permit. Love News understands that the decision was made by the Ministry of Transports’ Transport Board due to several infractions. President of the Belize Bus Association, Thomas Shaw, who sits on the board, explained today that the board’s decision came after warning Serrano several times of infractions that were reported by commuters and other bus operators.

Thomas Shaw, President, Belize Bus Owners Association: What really was taking place is as like any other operator is , well everybody knows that Serranos has been in Ladyville for years and has been delivering a good service but there were complaints different complaints from the well when they brought it to the board from the previous government up to this present moment there were complaints and reports of his operations and what really took place with that we had a transport planner and they went out there hand stated that yes Serranos was doing his runs and everything was fine but just the day after that they had an incident where one of the buses ran into the back of another bus and that’s when they had called an emergency meeting and Serano’s Road Service Permit was expired at the end of April so it was up for renewal of which he had sent it in months before and then they were looking at the situation and trying to analyze the whole situation. So when that incident took place that’s when the board decided that it’s too much and people’s lives are involved and they cannot, the permit wasn’t being renewed. Well my thing to them was that they’re saying that Serranos has different complaints from the other bus company but I told them both bus companies are doing the same thing and my recommendation to them was suspend both companies and to have another operator do the runs for that duration of time. But the reality they said it’s too much warning and suspensions and complaints against Serranos and the board has to make the decision so it’s on that basis that they made that decision and said that they weren’t going to renew the permits.”

We will follow this story as it further develops.

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