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Three-wheeled Cars Rolled Out in The Gambia

Sep 4, 2008, 6:00 AM | Article By: By Abdoulie Nyockeh

Samba Investment Limited and Partners recently launched a batch car (three wheel car) as an alternative means of transport at a colourful ceremony held at Sarge's Hotel in Kiloli.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Bateh Samba Faye, a partner in The Gambia, said the launch of the vehicles as an alternative means of transport was a follow up to the head of states recent launch of peoples busses. He said that Samba Investment Limited and Partners deem it fitting to introduce the cars as an alternative means of transport in The Gambia.

Mr. Faye explained that the batch car was first introduced in India and promptly spread to many Asian and African countries including Nigeria. He also added that the vehicles are low cost, maintenance and very economical. The Batch is capable, he revealed, of running 70 miles to the gallon.

He stated that they are mostly used as taxis, but can be used as mini-ambulances, small-scale delivery vehicles or as a cheaper alternative to regular private cars.

He told those gathered that the batch car will actually be assembled here in The Gambia and will, as a result, create employment opportunities for Gambians.

"We also believe that the batch cars will soon replace second hand taxi's and thereby greatly reduce the amount of pollution in the country," he said. He further revealed that batch cars have a life-span of ten to twenty years depending on car and maintenance.