“The park is practically on the ground, we are struggling to get 50 buses out a day in Dakar and its suburbs, the situation is untenable. This is the observation made by Alioune Badara Konaté, Secretary General of the Democratic Union of Workers of Dakar Dem Dikk (DDD), who calls for the renewal of the car fleet of the public transport operator founded in 2001. According to the union official, on them Of the 475 vehicles received by Dakar Dem Dikk in 2016 – following a contract signed with the Indian manufacturer Ashok Leyland (Hinduja Group) – a large part is said to be out of service today.
An order for 1,400 buses
If, according to our information, a commercial contract was signed a few months ago between the Senegalese government and the Franco-Italian car manufacturer Iveco Group concerning the delivery of 1,400 vehicles, in two phases, the file does not seem today totally tied up. In July, the former director general of DDD, Omar Bounkhatab Sylla, spoke of an “imminent” arrival of these new buses, whose lifespan should be between fifteen and twenty years. Four months later, his replacement, Ousmane Sylla – also elected mayor of Kédougou in the last local elections – the repelled “at the end of the first quarter” of the year 2023.
Bus: Dakar Dem Dikk takes on the sub-region
On paper, however, the company has significant leeway to count in the urban mobility of Dakar and its suburbs – which represents nearly half of the country’s urban population. According to a recent study by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on the challenges of urbanization in Dakar, only 6% of transport demand is provided by Dakar Dem Dikk. Aftu (Tata) mini-buses are the most used, with 35% of trips, followed by express cars (20%), clandos (12%), taxis (10.5%) and Ndiaga Ndiaye (4% ). In addition, walking would be the most used mode of travel, up to 70% from total.