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Implementation of a decree to better regulate carts in Senegal

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                Carts and carriages are still widely used in rural Senegal, but also in urban areas, for the transport of goods.  The government is relaunching the application of an interministerial decree dating from the end of 2016, but which has never been implemented.  It provides for "<em> technical visits</em> "For carts and horse-drawn carriages, or" <em>health visits</em> For horses.

                                    <p><em>With our correspondent in Dakar, </em><strong>Charlotte Idrac</strong>

On a busy thoroughfare, a cart is overtaken by the horns of motorists. Modou Diop, coachman, recognizes it: cohabitation with cars is often complicated: “ As we are together on the road, we must be wary and know how to sneak. Sometimes there are problems. If we have papers and insurance, it will be better to settle them. We will make a statement, and voila »

The interministerial decree provides for the issuance of a driver’s license, and the delivery of a certificate of fitness for carts and horse-drawn carriages, renewable every 6 months. Bodywork, lighting, or even signage must be checked.

An additional cost for the coachmen

Modou Kane Diao, Head of the Policy and Planning Division at the Road Transport Directorate: “ We look at the dimensions that it is supposed to respect. We see the connections to the ground, we see the tire. All because there are liability issues in traffic. And on top of that, there is the health of the horse. You can’t just use animals just any way. »

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In front of a hardware store, coachmen stand ready to deliver bags of cement or other materials. Many have never heard of this text, which was signed more than 4 years ago. Moussa Ndiaye is not against the measures, but the problem, he says, is the cost: “ The horse must eat … What we will have left is almost 0 CFA francs to be able to mount the headlights, the plates and all the rest. »

The NGO Brooke, which defends the well-being of equines, is supporting the process in the capital, in particular with training of police officers for the application of the decree. Sanctions are provided for by this decree, such as impoundment or withdrawal of the authorization to travel.

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