Traffic in San Pedro is without a doubt crazy! For being such a small town the small narrow streets are heavily congested with vehicles and with this in mind, the Ambergris Caye Traffic Control Committee (ACTCC) has come up with a few regulations for the standardization of size and types of vehicles for importation to the island.
Councilor Kenrick Brackett met with the media on Tuesday, September, 5, 2012, to explain about the recommended vehicle types and sizes. Traffic flow and congestion on the island is in a bad state and Brackett explained that the committee believes that by standardizing the size and type of vehicles being imported into the island the problem can be alleviated, to a certain extent.
Below are the recommended sizes that the committee may entertain when applying. This does not mean that the application will be automatically approved and the committee will not entertain applications for vehicles that exceed the following recommended sizes.
The committee will be reviewing applications for ATV’s on a case by case basis (400CC’s being the largest and 200CC’s being the smallest). The same goes for taxi applications; they will be reviewed on a case by case basis with emphasis on not accepting licenses for the present Previa that are used for taxis. The Council and ACTCC are looking into only accepting smaller and more island friendly vehicles; all of this will come into effect as of October of this year.
Also announced during the meeting was that as of November 15, 2012, only half hour parking will be allowed on Barrier Reef and Pescador Drive. Traffic wardens will be assigned to closely monitor these two main streets to properly implement this new law. As to other options for where businesses and residents can park their vehicles during the working day, there has not been any given by the Town Council.
“There is a law that states that there should only be 15 minute parking on Pescador Drive,” sated Councilor Brackett. “We are extending the time to half hour parking and believe it is necessary to do the same on Barrier Reef Drive so as to alleviate the congestion of vehicles in downtown San Pedro.”
Brackett also mentioned the possibilities of having parking meters in the future. As for the time being, the traffic wardens will be in charge of monitoring the half hour parking.