Senegal: Drivers Point System Introduced Following Pilgrims Deaths

The West African nation of Senegal on Monday said it will now introduce a long-delayed points system for its drivers. This comes in the wake of the deaths of more than 50 people died on motorways during the a week of pilgrimage to the Muslim holy Sufi site of Touba.

Senegal Transport Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo
Senegal Transport Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo

According to the Senegalese Transport Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo who spoke to reporters while attending the funeral of some of the victims, the law which was scheduled to be announced earlier in 2017 will now be enforced beginning next year. The Senegalese official emphasized that, “There is no negotiating and no way back,” an apparent reference to the implementation of the law on the point systems. The implementation of the point based license system was due to the slow roll out of the country’s biometric system.

City of Darkar Senegal
City of Darkar Senegal

Faithful adherents undertake the pilgrimage annually in the mainly Muslim majority country to the city of Touba 90. This year, tragedy struck when over 50 were killed in road accidents.

Minister Diallo warned that “Drivers of public transport vehicles should be aware that they are in charge of people, not goods for sale.”

Drivers and motorists have announced a planned protest strike scheduled for November 15th.

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