Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Two Passenger Ban Lifted Outside Guatemala City

The president has lifted the ban against two passengers riding a motorcycle outside of Guatemala City and seven municipalities in the Department of Guatemala.

The restriction will remain in effect in the capital, Villa Nueva, Villa Canales, Mixco, Chinautla, Santa Catarina Pinula, San Jose Pinula and San Miguel Petapa said Luis Velasquez, Secretary of Issues Specific to the President.

However, representatives of motorcyclists continue to complain about the measure because they want it withdrawn across the whole country.

"There is no agreement," was the first thing said by Armando Soto, a representative of a motorcycle riders group, after a three hour meeting with representatives of the president.

Rolando Yoc who is responsible for mediating conflicts for the Attorney of Human Rights, commented that he fears increased tension and riots in the capital.

Velasquez added that the requirement for colored vests and helmet displaying the motorcycle's license plate number remains in force throughout the country.

President Alvaro Colom gave the Interior Ministry 48 hours to reach agreement on the color of the vest.

Enforcement of the law requiring marked vests and helmets begins on May 8th throughout the country.

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