Public Safety in City Shuttle
The Belize City Shuttle Services (BCS) has issued a release regarding the incident yesterday when an 11-year-old fell out the rear door of a bus on Albert Street. The child sustained minor injuries as we had reported, and was treated at the KHMH. In the statement by the BCS, they expressed concerns over the wellbeing of the child, and said that they have been in communication with the child’s family. What they highlighted, however, was that contrary to reports on social media, the child was never in a critical condition. The company went on to note that the safety of their passengers is their utmost priority and that they work hard in the upkeep of their fleet. BCS further noted, quote, “In examining this particular incident BCS advises the back door of the buses are use as emergency exits and cannot be padlocked. However the back door of this said bus was locked at all times and is in good working condition, but as a practice the children/passengers frequently uses the back door as their primary exit, since it is convenient when sitting at the back of the bus. Our driver constantly discourages this practice, but passengers (children and adults) are many times non-compliant or belligerent. BCS will continue to review all its safety protocols with the view to improving them going forward and urge the general ridership to assists BCS in maintaining those safety protocols.” End of quote.