India’s Bureau of Indian Standards (BIOS) has released a report which finds that in 2017 there were a total of 18,632 instances of people travelling on busses and lorries from Belize to India.
In total, this means that around 4,000 people travelled from Belise to India for business purposes and over 2,500 were from Belisedas own territory.
The Bureau of International Transport (BITS) found that a total 8.5 million people travelled to India from Belizes borders.
The average cost per journey was $1,000 and a quarter of all journeys involved a passenger on a lorry.
The BITS report says that while the government has increased the number of lorriers in the Belizean market, the lorriker fee has remained high, at $20, while in the US, the average fee is $40.
In both countries, there are very few signs of a shift in how the market is structured.
“Belize is not a market that has evolved in the past decade, and is not currently in the stage of transformation,” the report says.
“As such, there is no clear indication that Belize is in the process of adopting a new model of transport, nor has Belize experienced a decline in its reliance on lorrie services.”
The report also finds that there were 6,746 cases of fraudulently booked trips and a total 2,982 fraudulences per day in the first half of 2017.
“It is likely that there are a number of cases of this type of fraud in the market, which could lead to further increases in the number and type of such cases, and therefore the number, type and scope of fraud,” the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said.
“The BIR has already reported a rise in the rate of fraud against travel agencies during the first quarter of 2017.”
The BIR said it is possible that there is an increase in fraud rates from the large number of new lorry drivers and the higher rate of travellers who book through online services such as booking sites and mobile apps.
“These are the only two reasons for a rise,” the BIR added.
While the BIS said it has identified a number on its own for the increase in number of fraudulent journeys, the BITS noted that many people who do book trips through such sites may have been duped into booking the lorry through a fraudulent website or mobile app.