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After a crash on Sunday that left 39 dead, the Senegalese government announced new measures on Tuesday to combat road insecurity, including a ban on night bus trips and the import of used tires.

At the conclusion of a government meeting in the brand-new town of Diamniadio, close to Dakar, Prime Minister Amadou Bâ declared that public passenger transport vehicles will no longer be allowed to “travel on interurban roads between 23:00 and 05:00.”

One of the main modes of transportation in Senegal and a major cause of accidents are buses known as “schedules” that transport people and goods, many of which travel from one region to another at night.

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At the meeting on Tuesday, additional regulations were unveiled, including one that forbids the importation of used tires and mandates the “sealing of speedometers of vehicles transporting people and goods at 90 km/h.”

Orders to implement the 23 new measures will be issued within 72 hours.

They “neither be delayed nor compromised. We will be unyielding in our treatment of those who disobey the laws put in place to protect our citizens’ physical integrity “the Prime Minister said.

Officially, 700 people are killed in traffic accidents annually in Senegal, a nation in West Africa with more than 17 million people.

The new policies are being announced in response to the two bus collision in the village of Sikilo, in the Kaffrine region (center), about 250 kilometers from Dakar, which resulted in 39 fatalities and 101 injuries.

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The accident site was visited by President Macky Sall, who also declared three days of national mourning to begin on Monday.

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