Last week we reported on the meeting where Director of the Federal Motor Carrier, SCT, Federico Dominguez, met with Belizean government officials to agree on safety rules to be followed by trucks as well as buses and tourism buses that cross the Belize Mexico Border.


Heading the Belize delegation was Minister of State Edmund Castro, also present was Honorary Consul of Belize in Chetumal Lic. Jorge Valencia. In that meeting several issues where discussed including one that will benefit Belizeans travelling in the Mexican territory and are involved in minor traffic mishaps.


Screen_Shot_2014-06-24_at_8.17.03_PMLic. Jorge Valencia - Honorary Consul of Belize in Chetumal


“We have been working in conjunction with the state and the municipal police in which we have already made an agreement with them that when a Belizean comes in and gets into an accident or violates a traffic regulation they will be issued a courtesy ticket, they won’t be fined, they will be issued a courtesy ticket and they will be explain to them the rule that they broke and how the transport regulation is in Chetumal, and this is not only for the City of Chetumal but for the whole state of Quintana Roo, we did that from last year and for Easter they put it into operation and we didn’t had any problems with Belizeans when they came in there.”


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“Now I know that these are for minor traffic violation but what happens when there is a major accident when there is the life of any citizen that is involved in this incident?”


Lic. Jorge Valencia - Honorary Consul of Belize in Chetumal


“When there is a major accident and there are injuries of passengers we are trying to recommend and we spoke with the minister and the people of the traffic department of Belize to try to encourage our Belizeans when they come into Chetumal or to Mexico to purchase a third party insurance, this is one of the things that is going to be in the rules and regulations when the agreement gets into effect and it is good because then we would be looking at a much faster process for them because all what they have to do is to call the insurance they will be able to take care of whatever damages has been done.”


While thousands of Belizeans travel to the Mexican Territory for several purposes and the number of traffic violations is low, Valencia recommends that bus companies and private vehicles traveling in and out of Mexico be insured with a third party insurance.


Lic. Jorge Valencia - Honorary Consul of Belize in Chetumal


“When it comes to out of Chetumal as you the Belize buses cannot go further than Chetumal but the private vehicles could go and well it is the same rules and regulations if you have a third party insurance you don’t have any problems but if you don’t have then you will have to do an agreement with whoever you had the accident and try to resolve the cause of repairs and if there is injuries then you can get an agreement with them and or you could go and ask the court to make an agreement if you feel that the agreement on the payment that they are asking is too high but then it would be a long period because the Courts here takes some time.”


It is also worth mentioning that one of the regulations of the Transport Department in Mexico requires that both vehicles involved in traffic violations be subject to confiscation.

 

Lic. Jorge Valencia - Honorary Consul of Belize in Chetumal


“Ok, when it comes to the confiscation of vehicles it is under the Mexicans regulation of transport that if a car is in an accident then the vehicles, both vehicles are confiscated until an agreement is made with the one that caused the accident that you repair the other vehicle and sometimes it is done very fast but sometimes it take time because the damages to the other vehicle is to big so that is where the problem starts and that is where we are encouraging so that they could start getting their third party, now regarding the mordidas as far as I have known it has drop very much, I know that there are some little mordidas but we are trying to encourage our Belizeans not to give mordidas and try to comply with the rules and regulations.”


Several other meetings are scheduled to take place in the weeks to come before the Belize Mexico Bilateral Transport Authority Agreement is signed. 


CTV3 News was made to understand that the Honorary Consul office offers basic information and assistance to any Belizean that might be involved in a traffic incident keeping in mind that the Consul does not intervene in the decision made by the Mexican Court.

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