By Buba Gagigo
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In a press release dated 06th March 2023, the Ministry of Interior has warned drivers across the country to desist from driving vehicles with no functioning headlights, backlights, reflectors, and mirrors.
The statement reads in part:
“It has come to the notice of the Ministry of Interior that some vehicles are plying the roads across the country without headlights, backlights, reflectors, and mirrors on them. The Ministry hereby reminds the general public that such practice is against the Motor Traffic (Amendment) Act 2013 of The Gambia (Section78),” the ministry said.
The Interior Ministry said Section 78 states that a person who drives or causes any other person to drive on the road a motor vehicle or to draw on a road a trailer which does not comply with all the requirements of this Act or any other prescribed requirement commits an offence; thus they said all vehicles plying the roads without headlights, reflectors and mirrors on them within the country are required to ensure that their vehicles are road worthy and that all the above are in order.
“This Ministry wishes to reiterate to the general public that this is a traffic and security concern and so all vehicle owners and drivers are called upon to comply with the regulations stipulated in the Motor Traffic (Amendment) Act 2013. Anyone found wanting will have their vehicle impounded and they will be prosecuted in accordance with the law,” the statement ends.