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Publication of two joint ordinances regulating road transport agencies

ByWebmaster

Mar 3, 2023

BUJUMBURA March 3rd (ABP) – The Director General of Transport at the Ministry of Trade, Transport, Industry and Tourism, Mr. Innocent Nibizi, published on Tuesday February 28, 2023, two joint ordinances, which were signed by the Minister responsible for transport and the minister in charge of finance, with the aim of regulating the working framework of road transport agencies.

Mr. Nibizi indicated that this is a new regulation of international road transport agencies. He clarified that in the past, the approvals of transport agencies were granted free of charge, and pointed out that all previous approvals are suspended. Thus, he said that all transport agencies must submit new applications for approval for 100,000 BIF annually, for the international road transport agency of persons per vehicle with less than 30 seats registered in Burundi and 200,000 BIF per vehicle for vehicles with more than 30 seats also registered in Burundi.

Mr. Nibizi also said that for the international road transport agency of persons per vehicle of less than 30 seats registered abroad, the annual scheme is set at 60 US dollars and 150 US dollars for the vehicle of more than 30 seats registered abroad.

According to Mr. Nibizi, 400,000 BIF is a fixed amount for the international road transport agency for vehicles imported from abroad and 800,000 BIF for the international road transport agency for goods for heavy goods vehicles registered in Burundi. Individual drivers not registered in the international road transport agencies of imported vehicles must be in possession of an authorization from the minister in charge of those transport agencies with the payment of 50,000 BIF each time they bring a vehicle. As for individual trucks carrying out international road transport, they must be in possession of a transport permit issued by the Director General of Transport.

Indeed, Mr. Nibizi pointed out that the costs of acquiring an approval card by the internal road transport agencies are set according to the models of the vehicles, in particular 250,000 BIF for the internal transport agency by car, 500,000 BIF per agency for internal transport by minibus, 1,000,000 BIF per agency for internal transport by bus and 1,500,000 BIF per agency for internal transport of goods by heavy goods vehicles.

For the agency of international transport by registered cars, the costs of acquisition of an approval card are set at 200 US dollars, given that the agency of international transport by cars, registered in Burundi, the costs of acquisition of an approval card are 250,000 BIF. The minibus transport agency, registered abroad, must pay 400 US dollars to have an approval card and 500,000 BIF by the same agency but registered in Burundi.

The director general of transport in Burundi, also pointed out that the international bus transport agency, registered abroad, the necessary fees for obtaining an approval card are 700 US dollars as well as 1,000,000 BIF for the international bus transport agency, but registered in Burundi.

With regard to the transport agency for vehicles imported from abroad, 2,000,000 BIF is required as acquisition costs to obtain an approval card and 4,000,000 BIF for an agency for the international transport of goods by heavy goods vehicles registered in Burundi.

For individual drivers who are not employed in transport agencies for imported vehicles, to obtain an approval card, they must be in possession of an authorization from the minister in charge of transport for 50,000 BIF each time they bring a vehicle.