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Madagascar: Overloading of bush taxis, the main cause of road accidents in the Big Island




Madagascar: Overloading of bush taxis, the main cause of road accidents in the Big Island
Bush taxis overloaded with goods and passengers are the main cause of road accidents in Madagascar, as outlined in the Department of Transport.
 
Transporters must nevertheless comply with legislation dating from 1962 which allows only 80 cm of goods on the roof of their car and 30 kilos per passenger.
 
But to get more money in the race, carriers optimize maximum space in their bush taxis and each passenger is missing replaced with the goods.
 
Transporters also gather in bulk luggage on the upper part of their transportation, the roof cannot however support more than 5 tons of cargo.
The technical inspection which also legalizes the transformation of a truck for transport of passengers and goods is also singled out by the Ministry of Transport of the Big Island, as shown in the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.
 
"Overloading of passengers is subject to impound the vehicle and the carrier will bring back the excess of passengers to their destination. This is the same case for overloading of goods, except where the vehicle is immobilized", warns Lieutenant Colonel Peter Solo Ravahalahy, Manager of coordination, monitoring and evaluation with the Malagasy police.
 
The Ministry of Transportation of Madagascar calls on police to crack and strictly enforce the law and punish all the azimuths infringements found.



Antso Rajaona


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