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Senegal bans night time buses after lethal accident

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The Senegalese authorities introduced on Tuesday new measures to struggle in opposition to street insecurity, together with a ban on night time bus journeys and the import of second-hand tires, after an accident that killed 39 individuals on Sunday.

Public passenger transport automobiles might be banned from “travelling on interurban roads between 23:00 and 05:00”, introduced Prime Minister Amadou Bâ, on the finish of a authorities assembly within the new city of Diamniadio, close to Dakar.

Buses referred to as “schedules”, carrying passengers and items, a lot of which journey at night time from area to area, are one of many primary technique of transport in Senegal and trigger many accidents.

Different measures prohibiting the importation of second-hand tires and making “necessary the sealing of speedometers of automobiles transporting individuals and items at 90 km/h” had been additionally introduced on the assembly on Tuesday.

Orders might be issued inside 72 hours to implement the 23 new measures introduced.

They “should not be postponed or compromised. We might be uncompromising with those that violate the foundations enacted to make sure the bodily integrity of our residents,” stated the Prime Minister.

Street accidents formally kill 700 individuals yearly in Senegal, a West African nation of greater than 17 million inhabitants.

The brand new measures are introduced after the collision between two buses that killed 39 individuals and injured 101 within the village of Sikilo, within the Kaffrine area (middle), some 250 km from Dakar.

President Macky Sall, who visited the scene of the accident the identical day, declared three days of nationwide mourning beginning Monday.