Press Release: Suspension of Issuance of Tinted Glass Permits

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The Ministry of the Interior wishes to inform the general public that it has suspended the issuance of tinted glass permits for non-factory vehicles. This suspension takes effect Thursday July 13, 2017.

However, permits under this category of vehicles will be issued to the following:

  1. Cabinet Ministers
  2. Permanent Secretaries
  3. Director Generals
  4. Deputy Director Generals
  5. Service Chiefs
  6. Deputy Service Chiefs
  7. Speaker of the National Assembly
  8. Chief Justice
  9. Solicitor General
  10. Banks Heads

Similarly, the Ministry wishes to inform the general public that clearance will be issues for applications for Factory Tinted vehicles at a fee of D2,000.00 payable annually at GRA.

In a related development, it has come to the notice of the ministry some motorists in the country are using tinted glasses unlawfully – and driving unregistered vehicles or vehicles with no licence plate. Such acts have the capacity not only to make criminal activities mushroom, but to place unnecessary pressure on security agencies and law abiding citizens.

In view of the previous, the Ministry wishes to inform all Gambians that the ban on unlawful use of tinted glasses and legislations checking the plying of unregistered vehicles or vehicles with no licence plate on our highways, are still in force.

The Ministry advises that all persons having vehicles still unlawfully fitted with tinted glasses, to remove them immediately.  Similarly, owners of unregistered vehicles or vehicles with no licence plate to immediately register them and obtain appropriate licences or withdraw them forthwith from public roads.

Personnel of the Gambia Police Force across the country have been directed to commence a massive operation aimed at enforcing all existing laws bordering on tinted glasses and the use of unregistered/unlicensed vehicles. Anyone found to be in default of the laws will be dealt with according to the law including the possible confiscation of the affected vehicles.

The Ministry wishes to reassure the public that it is committed to its responsibility of keeping the nation safe and secure.

Signed

Ministry of the Interior

CC:      Inspector General of Police, Gambia Police Force

Chief of Defence Staff, Gambia Armed Forces

Director General, State Intelligence Service

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Interior

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  1. The Ministry of the Interior policy statement to levy / tax D2000 per year on owners of factory tinted glass vehicles and yet – purposefully favour certain class of Gov’t officers to drive very dark, high fuel consuming and very expensive tinted vehicles at the expensive of tax payer – is inappropriate, insensitive and callous. At a time when the Ministry of Finance is thinking of an overarching strategic approach to reduce expenditure on Gov’t vehicles – the Ministry of the Interior on the contrary is busy – how to deepen a class culture in access to and use of – Gov’t vehicles in the Gambia. This is an unfortunate short-sightedness of the Interior Ministry. I urge the Ministry of the Interior to learn from Rwanda – how they successfully got rid of fleet of Gov’t vehicles and replaced with private service providers – which is working much better than Gov’t run / managed fleet of vehicles. To cut the story short – any levy / tax that takes away half of the average salary in the Gambia, is insensitive to the plight of the people and callous!!!

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