Addis Abeba Transport Authorities Lift Ban on Popular Bajaj Vehicles

Mar 17 , 2023

Transport authorities in Addis Abeba have lifted a week-long ban on the widely-used three-wheeled vehicles, known as 'Bajaj', permitting their return to the streets under revised arrangements.

The authorities have introduced a transportation tariff of five Birr for Bajaj services covering distances of up to 2.5Km, with 138 designated routes across the city. Mitiku Asmare, head of Addis Ababa's Transport Bureau, disclosed that 9,550 three-wheeled vehicles have been registered under 23 associations. 

Nevertheless, these vehicles will not qualify for fuel subsidies. The ban was initially imposed to tackle the abuse of the system by specific associations, which, according to Mitiku, were networked from the same background.

The recent move seeks to establish a regulatory framework for Bajaj operations and evaluate the importance of their services within the city.

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