Water Taxi Regulations Statutory Instrument 29 of 2019

The general public is hereby informed of the Water Taxi Regulations Statutory Instrument 29 of 2019 that are in effect.  The major provisions of the regulations include:

Effective 1 August, 2019:

  1. Issuance of Personal Flotation Devices to passengers over one year old.
  2. Submission of Passenger Manifests at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. This requires passengers to provide their names.
  3. Cargo Restrictions: Operators are not allowed to carry Cargo with Passengers; only personal effects of passengers are allowed.
  4. Passengers’ activities on board: Passengers who are considered to pose a threat to other passengers may be removed from the water taxi and charged.

Effective 1 September, 2019:

  1. 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.
  2. Passenger Fee: A passenger user fee of $1.00 will be included in the passenger fare on the purchase of a ticket.

For more information on the new requirements kindly contact

Belize Port Authority

Tel: (501)-222-5665/5666  Email: bzportauth@btl.net     Website: www.portauthority.bz

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