Bus owners call on UNDP to go against its mission with electric bus pilot project

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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2022. 6:04 p.m. CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Bus Owners Association (BBOA) is appealing to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for its intervention in the transport industry which bus owners say will result in loss of revenue for established players in the bus industry. transport industry.

A leaked memo circulating today shows that the BBOA is writing to the UNDP President’s Representative in Belize, regarding a pilot project in conjunction with the Department of Transportation and the Belize City Council, to facilitate the importation of electric buses in Belize.

“We are writing to emphasize that the execution of the proposed pilot project is not aligned with the UNDP mission statement quoted below: UNDP Mission Statement – ‘UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradicating poverty and reducing inequalities and exclusions. We help countries develop policies, leadership skills, partnership capacities, institutional capacities and build resilience in order to sustain development results”, said the BBOA.

Bus owners pointed out that as key players in the transport sector, they had never been invited to participate in the discussions regarding the pilot project and that each electric bus could put at least three other bus routes established in bankruptcy. The association says it believes electric or even hydrogen-powered buses are the future of public transportation, but that Belize, like many other countries, is unprepared for this reality.

The letter ends by saying that the bus owners are looking forward to a meeting with UNDP to discuss the project.

Breaking Belize News spoke to BBOA President Thomas Shaw, who declined to comment on the matter pending an official response regarding the UNDP letter.

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