Saturday, October 2, 2010

Police PRO Warns Drivers on Biometric Licence

Banjul, The Gambia (TNBES) The Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Sulayman Secka has said that “with effect from 17th January 2010, the ‘green licence’ (booklet) will expire and will no longer be validated.”

He stressed that all drivers should get the biometric licence and that applicants should appear in person before getting the licence.

“We are no more giving licence to anybody who does not appear before us. If the applicant gets the biometric identity card, his or her serial number will bring out the person’s details, after which the applicant will be subjected to a traffic signs test in practice. If the applicant is qualified he or she will be issued with the new biometric licence,” Secka revealed.

According to him, the cost of the new biometric licence is pegged at D500.00, an increment of D200.

The question is whether the police can issue to all drivers a biometric licence with the shortest possible time, as the deadline for the expiry of the old licence is too close.

In another development, if the words of the PRO are anything to look forward to, a commercial vehicle (14-seater van with plate number BJL 1079 C) has gone missing gone missing while in the hands of Gambian Police at the Wellingara police post.

According to PRO Secka, investigations are on-going in order to establish the whereabouts of the said missing vehicle. The vehicle was said to have been parked at the Mobile Police Unit in Kanifing, after it had been impounded.

The Driver and owner of the vehicle, Buba Jammeh was reported to have lodged complain to the police high command at the Ministry of Interior, but to no avail.

Whether the vehicle was taken away by a police officer or an outsider is not clear yet, but what is certain is that these kinds of things are not expected to have happened within an institution that supposed to protect citizens and their properties, the Gambia Police Force. VOL:2 ISSN:29

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