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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019. 3:29 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The public is reminded of the Water Taxi Regulations Statutory Instrument 29 of 2019 that is in effect.

The major provisions of the regulations include:

Effective 1 August 2019:

    Issuance of Personal Flotation Devices to passengers over one-year old.

    Submission of Passenger Manifests at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.  This requires passengers to provide their names.

    Cargo Restrictions: Operators are not allowed to carry Cargo with Passenger; only personal effects of passengers are allowed. 

    Passengers’ activities onboard: Passengers who are considered to pose a threat to other passengers may be removed from the water taxi and charged.

Effective 1 September 2019:

    Water Taxi Permit: An operator is not permitted to operate a water taxi unless in possession of a valid permit and Seaworthiness Certificate issued by the Belize Port Authority.

    Passenger Fee: A passenger user fee of $1.00 will be included in the passenger fare on the purchase of a ticket.

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