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Tanzania bans strobe lights and sirens on tuk-tuks

Wednesday August 7 2019

Many tuk-tuks in Tanzanian cities use strobe lights and sirens to attract customers.

Many tuk-tuks in Tanzanian cities use strobe lights and sirens to attract customers. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

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Tanzania's authorities have banned the use of strobe lights and sirens on public and private vehicles, local media reports.

Many tuk-tuks, known as a "bajaj", and motorbike taxis, known as a "boda boda" in the country, use the lights and sirens to attract customers.

“The tuk-tuks are confusing people on the streets with the strobe lights. You may think it’s the convoy of a head of state arriving in town, only to realise it’s the tuk-tuk drivers,” Dar es Salaam's police chief Lazaro Mambosasa said at a press conference.

He warned of a nationwide crackdown and said those who defy the directive risk being arrested.

Ambulances, police vehicles and other approved public vehicles are exempt from the order.