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Gambia To Launch Route Licensing Scheme On Monday

Bai Lamin Jobe
Bai Lamin Jobe
Minister of Transport, Works & Infrastructure

By Buba Gagigo

The Ministry of Transport, Works & Infrastructure has announced the government’s plan to launch a route-licensing scheme on 4th April 2022.

The scheme according to the ministry is meant to improve the ‘overall efficiency’ of the Gambia’s transport system.

“The Ministry of Transport, Works, and Infrastructure (MoTWI) wishes to inform all transport operators that the government of The Gambla is introducing a route licensing scheme.

“The main objective of introducing this important initiative is to improve the Overall efficiency of the transport system in the county. In order to ensure smooth implementation of the scheme, selected routes will be piloted,” the MoTWI said in a statement on Wednesday.

The pilot will include Banjul-Brikama 102, Banjul-Bakau 103, Banjul-Serrekunda 104, Banjul-Tippa Garage 105, Banjul-Tabokoto 106, Westfield- Tabokoto 201, Westfield – Banjulinding 202, Westfield-Brikama 203, Westfield-Coastal Road 204, Westfield- Bakau 205, Tabokoto Bikama 301, Lamin – Brikama 401, Brikama – Coastal Road 501, Brikama – Turntable 502, Serekunda-Tabokoto 503, Serekunda – Coastal Road 601, Serekunda – Brikama 602, Serekunda – Bakau 603, Serekunda – Banjulinding 604, and Serekunda -Terminal 605 routes, the statement added.  

It continued that the scheme shall apply to commercial vehicles that are licensed to carry ten (10) passengers and above.

“Any vehicle that plies these routes and falls under the above categories of vehicles should register for one route with the Ministry’s officials who will be going around the designated destinations (Banjul, Serekunda, Bakoteh, former Tippa Garage, Brusubi, Coastal Road, and Brikama).

“It is important to note that any vehicle that does not register for one of the above routes cannot ply the routes. Drivers who fail to register for a route and want to ply will not be allowed. Registration for obtaining the permit and stickers will start on Wednesday 30 March 2022 at the above garages and the official launching of the scheme is scheduled for Monday 4th April 2022. In this regard all transport operators (drivers and vehicle owners) are urged to comply to ensure swift implementation of this important initiative,” the statement concluded.

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