In the capital of Chad, N’Djamena , motorcycle taxis have been forbidden since the 14th of August this year. The reason for this extreme measure by the government? Security!
Motorcycle taxis are very popular in Africa, and Chad sees many of these two wheeled death traps riding around picking up often more than 1 passenger, no helmets, no training, no good roads and no insurance. But the mortality rate amongst these "Clandos" (the name given to local motorcycle taxis in Chad) is not the reason to stop them; it is because of terrorist activities.
The government of Chad is afraid that terrorists will use these motorcycles to bring in bombs and explode them in the population. Many of the terrorist have been fleeing from neighboring Mali where the French invaded a few months ago.
No one knows how long this suspension of taxis will last, but the local population will have to look for other ways of getting around.