Food prices, bus fare likely to go up as Gov’t launches vehicles control system in Nimule

Food prices, bus fare likely to go up as Gov’t launches vehicles control system in Nimule
Mahmoud Solomon, the Minister of Interior, cuts ribbon to launch the vehicle registration and control system at the Nimule border point. [Photo: Wek Atak]

The dollar $100 fee charged on all vehicles coming into South Sudan through the Nimule border will take effect this week.

This is after the National Police Service (SSNPS) department announced Monday, August 1, officially launched a first-ever vehicle registration and control system at the border point.

Police said that the new system, to be a private company – Security Port Company (SPC), will improve security at the border point.

Interior Minister, Mohaud Solomon, said that the system is primarily for tracking all the cars entering and leaving our neighboring nations.

The system will require all vehicles entering the country to acquire a digital border security control tag at SSP 65, 000 ($100) whose validity will run for one year.

Additionally, vehicles will further be required to $60 every time the vehicle is going through the entry point.  

According to Solomon, the new system would enable authorities to track both the volume of vehicles entering South Sudan daily and the security of on-road users.

“This new device is going to be a part for tracking all the vehicles entering and going back into our neighboring countries.

Solomon further stated that there are plans to expand the similar services at Nadipal, Renk, and other significant national borders.

“This system would expand the current services offered by the South Sudanese port security and traffic police directorate and enable them to assist in the management of cars and people through any other methods and technology.

 “Especially, it will enhance the ministry’s existing capacities, such as biometrics, capture extension for the physical modality, to trust vehicle registration capability, to free registration of vehicles from entering, and will help in automatic border control in many areas,” he expressed.

He makes a plea to all drivers and passengers planning to cross the Nimule border to cooperate with the personnel working in this security port office.

The technology, he continued, is intended to streamline and manage the procedure for both cars and persons entering and leaving the Republic of South Sudan.

But the new arrangement may have far-reaching consequences with the long distance tracks carrying essential goods expected to incur more charges. The traders are most likely to transfer these charges to the end consumer – which is most likely to result in higher food prices.