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The Tourism Island Of La Digue In The Seychelles Move On ECO-Friendly Approach With New Transportpolicy

October 16, 2013 Tourist Boards No Comments Email Email

The Seychelles Cabinet of Ministers has recently reviewed the transport policy for the island of La Digue. Among other decisions taken, it has approved a proposal for the increased use of electric ‘golf’ cart vehicles for tourism establishments on La Digue.

All tourism accommodation establishments will now be able to apply for an electric golf cart, to provide a transfer service for their clients to and from the La Digue jetty. The number of golf carts that a hotel may be permitted to operate will depend on the volume of client-transfers required by that hotel. The Government will put a cap on the maximum number of electric golf carts on La Digue once the demand for transport has been fully assessed. A Transport Officer will be appointed to regulate the use of the vehicles on the island. Traffic sign boards will also be introduced.

This policy review follows numerous complaints by tourism operators on La Digue Island that existing taxi services are insufficient for the demand of tourists, with many being left without a mode of transport on arrival at, or departure from, the island.

The electric golf carts form part of a long term plan of phasing out all fuel-dependent vehicles on La Digue as part of the Seychelles 2020 vision toturn the island of La Digue into the eco-capital of Seychelles.

Other measures of the new policy will be announced shortly by the Seychelles Ministry of Home Affairs & Transport.

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