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NEW WATER TAXI REGULATIONS

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PRESS RELEASE

BELIZE PORT AUTHORITY
WATER TAXI REGULATIONS STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 29 OF 2019

The public is hereby informed of the Water Taxi Regulations Statutory Instrument 29 of 2019 that is 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 Passenger; only personal effects of passengers are allowed.  
4. Passengers’ activities onboard: 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 or
Email: [email protected]     Website: www.portauthority.bz

“Maritime Service, Security, & Efficiency
—–END OF RELEASE—-

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