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Transport Minister throws commuters under the bus

Belize City, October 1, 2012

The Public Transport industry is in the brink of havoc following a recommendation by the Ministry to adjust the price for public transportation at $0.10 per mile across the board. The recommendation was approved by Cabinet last week and while a “schedule of rates” was promised, none was issued.

The decision has created confusion in the transport industry. While the $0.10 per mile adjustment placates the bus operators on the western road who see bus fares increasing by a dollar from $4 to $5, it has infuriated operators on the northern and southern roads who will see fares reduce in some cases. Operators have been clamouring for a price hike since the cost of fuel and bus parts has increased exponentially over the last few years.

The resistance from northern operators, in particular, may be the reason a schedule of rates has not been released by the Ministry of Transport. It is an indication that the Minister of Transport will have to readjust his recent readjustment. But until that happens, the absence of a set schedule is creating confusion since several operators are charging varying prices on the advice of the private managements.

Most affected are Belizean commuters. The Ministry of Transport has chosen the easy way out by placating bus operators, who provide substandard service, at the expense of the public. The suggestion and request made by the Belize Bus Association for the Government to grant tax exemptions for fuel and bus parts has been ignored by the Ministry of Transport. Bus operators cite the high cost of operation as the reason for the much-needed increase in fares, so why is the Government not willing to assist them with initiatives that would reduce the operation cost and avoid placing more financial burdens on commuters?

At every opportunity he gets on the radio morning shows, Transport Minister Edmond Castro beats his chest and complains about bus operators not meeting the quality of service. He has been heard threatening to “bang the bus” and calling on commuters to “boycott” those bus operators. But behind closed doors, Castro apparently whimpers before the politically-connected bus owners and bows to their demands. That is the reason he has chosen to throw commuters under the bus.

http://www.belizetimes.bz/2012/10/04/transport-minister-throws-commuters-under-the-bus/

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