Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2020. 4:33 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: We have well documented the impacts of the economy and tourism as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, there has not been an in depth analysis of the effects on the transport industry and specifically taxi operators.
During the current state of emergency taxi drivers have been barred from operating as they are not considered essential services.
The only way they can operate is during an emergency or when transporting an essential worker to and from work.
Outside of those exceptions taxi operators will be subjected to charges and fines if encountered.
Thousands of taxi operators across the country currently have no access to income to sustain their families.
In Belize City many of the taxi operators have only acquired their vehicles via a rent to own agreement with private citizens.
On average these contracts require weekly payments of $250 and a default once or twice can result in operators losing their vehicles despite months of payments.
The situation with taxi operators is an urgent one that needs to be addressed.
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