How To Deal With Policeman In Tanzania
Traffic police in Tanzania, are recognized from a distance by their bright white uniform. Always wonder how they keep their uniforms so white on the dusty roads, but that’s not the answer to your question… So, advice that comes in handy when dealing with any kind of government official in Tanzania is to remain patient and friendly, greet them in Swahili, and make a joke, and you will have a new friend. Traffic police will frequently pull you over to check if your car is insured, if the tires look okay, and to check if you are carrying the required fire extinguisher, reflector triangles, and first aid kit. Of course, that is taken care of if you rent a car from Mili Adventure Africa. They will also want to see your driving license. A valid driving license from your country of residence is accepted in Tanzania. If you didn’t break the law (speeding, dangerous overtaking, etc.), there is nothing they can accuse you of. In our experience, traffic police are friendly, curious, and often just want to make chit-chat. If you committed an offence, you have to pay the fine, which is usually around 30,000 Tanzanian Shillings ($ 13). Officially, this should be done at the nearest police station, which could be miles away and can be a very time-consuming procedure.