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Making roads safer in Rwanda

A police officer checks a public minibus for overcrowding
WHO/Riccardo Gangale

Stopping overcrowding on public transport

At a police checkpoint in Kigali, officer Innocent Tuyishime counts the number of passengers in a public minibus. Daily revenues are tied to how many people use the transport, creating incentives for risky overcrowding. By law, minibuses can carry up to 14 passengers.

Drivers breaking this law receive a fine of 10 000 Rwandan francs (US$ 18), which is greater than the daily income of most working people in the city.

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