Electric buses cometh
The Ministry of Transport has insisted that bus operators ditch the ageing Blue Bird and Thomas fleets and replace them with new, comfortable buses. That comfort may come with the introduction of electric buses – public transportation vehicles, which no longer need diesel fuel and are environmentally friendly. How soon will they get to the country is anyone’s guess, but we asked the Minister of Transport, Rodwell Ferguson about the training required to keep those new buses up and running. He’s hoping that with training, there may YouTube videos that can help.
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Transport: “It’s a pilot project so if any organization will be funding a pilot project then expect it will come with the different mechanics. So I believe within the year of this pilot project there should be enough mechanics here in Belize to be able to service and maintain those buses so it’s only a matter of time.”
Reporter: But this is the first time that we’re going to be having these types of motor vehicles in the country.
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Transport: “That’s why I’m saying any organization that will fund the project will send their people trained to be here for a period of time to show Belizeans what to do. And with the internet you just go on YouTube you can figure how you can fix your bus. So it’s not difficult now it’s a different world.”
Reporter: So they will be trial and erroring on the bus ?
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Transport: “It’s not trial and error, YouTube will tell you exactly what to do.”
Reporter: It’s different seeing it on YouTube than actually executing that.
Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Transport: “Most people go on Youtube now to get their vehicle fixed.”