Night-time upcountry bus travel has been permitted in Tanzania after a ban that had been in place for several decades was lifted. The government made this decision after taking into account input from various stakeholders in the transport industry, as well as improvements in infrastructure and security.
During the announcement in parliament, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa highlighted that the ban had been implemented in the 1990s due to an increase in road accidents and bus hijackings. However, he has now instructed the relevant authorities to establish guidelines for bus owners and drivers who wish to transport passengers during nighttime.
The lifting of this ban is expected to have a positive impact on the transport sector, promoting its growth. The association of Tanzanian bus owners has expressed their support for this decision, welcoming the new opportunities it brings.