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Police Allow Tricycles As Taxi Until December

Abdoulie Sanyang
Inspector General of the Gambia Police Force

By Buba Gagigo

The Gambia Police Force have announced a joint decision with relevant stakeholders that allows all licensed tricycles to continue working until December 2022.

In a statement on the Poliso Magazine on Friday, the Police with the relevant stakeholders took the following decisions:

“No further issuance of commercial license for tricycles for the purpose of carrying passengers henceforth. 

“All issued licenses expire on 31st December 2022 and shall not be renewed.

“Individuals holding valid licenses will be allowed to operate until 31st December 2022 according to the license BUT along designated routes with appropriate timings.

“No tricycle will be allowed to ply the Westfield – Tabokoto, Westfield – Tippa Garage, to Sukuta-Jabang Traffic Lights Road from 0700am to 7pm daily.

“They can operate on other alternative routes notwithstanding; this is subject to changes depending on the situation (safety and security).

“All Tricycles will cease operation by 31st December 2022 as long as the laws remain accordingly,” an excerpt of the statement read. 

By this token, the police call on all those whose tricycles were parked by the police to collect them from the Commissioner of Mobile Traffic beginning 11th June 2022 during working hours and with valid documents; and those under companies can do so by presenting supporting documents, it continued.

Prior to this development, the GPF Mobile Traffic Department embarked on a nationwide operation preventing the usage of Tricycles (TukTuk) as commercials for carrying passengers.

The operation resulted in the parking of several tricycles and attracted different reactions from the public. 

The police then made it clear that there is no such law that allows or permits the usage of tricycles for commercial purposes such as carrying passengers in The Gambia. 

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