Protesters Gather to Oppose Non-Renewal of Serrano’s Bus Company Permit
Come Friday, July 14, the road service permit for Serrano’s Bus Company will expire. The company has already been informed that their permit will not be renewed, and with that many commuters have expressed dissatisfaction at the decision by the Transport Board. A few weeks ago, Serrano’s supporters protested in Ladyville, and today, a handful of them gathered at the foot of the National Assembly steps to protest once again. Later, the group then moved over to the Finance Building where Cabinet was in session. The protesters hoped to get their message across to the Minister of Transport because they say Serrano’s removal negatively impacts them. Emily Gabriel, a resident of the Milpa area in Ladyville, explained that the protest sought to highlight the need for Serrano’s Bus Service in their community.
Emily Gabriel, Protest: “Mr Serrano has done nothing wrong. You could go back there Mr Serrano doesn’t only help with the bus service you know ? You don’t have two dollars to pay your bus Mr Serrano will make you go on the bus. Mr Serrano, not only that, Mr Serrano cleans the streets of Ladyville, cut the streets plus he fills up the roads there. This is not political. We are out there for our Ladyville people, Japan, Milpa, Vista Del Mar and Perez Road. We don’t have no politics in this. We want to our Serrano back. And this is not fair. The government need to do something about this. Miss Dolores need to do something about this and the minister of transport. Because we’re not done here. We’re going all the way to the prime minister’s house if we have to go, we’re going there. We’re doing a peaceful thing right now. We had a protest at Ladyville and that was peaceful. We don’t come here to fight nobody or nothing. We just want our voice be heard. We need back Mr. Serrano, we don’t want no other transport that is breaking down.”
Serrano has been servicing commuters since 2015. As noted, their permit will expire on Friday.