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The office of the Inspector General of Police will effective on Thursday 11th February 2021, start the issuance and enforcement of the rule pertaining to vehicles with tinted glasses.

A statement issued by the Office of the Inspector General of Police said vehicles with factory tinted glasses are exempted from payment of any fee. However, if the tint on such vehicles is reinforced, redesigned or darkened then the annual fee of D15, 000 is payable by the vehicle owner to the Gambia Revenue Authority, IGP Office said.

The IGP Office stated that section 25(B) of the Motor Traffic Amendment Act 2013 clearly states that production, importation and sale of tinted glass vehicles must be authorized.

“A person who is a bona fide dealer or importer of vehicles, imports a vehicle with tinted glasses without clearance from the Inspector General of Police, or permits any other person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine, not less than fifteen thousand and not more than twenty thousand dalasis and in default, the vehicle shall be forfeited to the state,” the IGP Office indicated.

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The IGP further stated that if a vehicle is non-factory tinted, but the owner wishes to tint it, an annual fee of D15, 000 should be paid to Gambia Revenue Authority before clearance is issued.

The office stated that section 25(C) of the Motor Traffic Amendment Act 2013 states, un-authorized use of tinted glass, sub section (1) further states that “A person shall not use or cause or permit another person to use a vehicle with tinted glasses unless authorized to do so by the Inspector General of Police.”

“A person who contravenes sub section (1) of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine, not less than ten thousand dalasis and not more than twenty thousand dalasis and in default, to imprisonment for two years with hard labour,” the IGP Office stated.

The IGP Office said equally, vehicles will be inspected and certified before payment at the Gambia Revenue Authority.

“Section 25A of the Motor Traffic Amendment Act 2013 states the use of vehicles without a number plate. A person shall not use or cause or permit another person to use a vehicle without a number plate. A person who contravenes sub-section (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not less than ten thousand dalasis and not more than twenty thousand dalasis and in default, to imprisonment for two years with hard labour. The Police shall keep the vehicle in its custody until a number is affixed to it and each day a number remains unfixed, the person or owner shall pay a fine of one hundred dalasis,” the statement stated.

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