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No More Safaris in Bali?

Crackdown on Illegal Vehicles in Bali May Spell the End for Popular VW Safari Tours

(6/19/2011) Moves underway in Bali to shut down unlicensed tourist transport not only preventing some of the island’s private charter fleet from taking to the roads, but is also being felt among the large fleet of VW Safari vehicles that ply the roads of Bali with their top downs bringing individual tourists and small groups on tours.

The VW Safari fleet has joined the Association of Freelance Drivers (ASAPFB) in calling for a simplification of the permit process for certification to carry tourists.

A specific problem faced by the VW Safari fleet is a requirement that tourist vehicles must be less than 5 years of age to qualify for licensing, acondition outside the grasp of the VW fleet which all date their production to 1977 or before.

Meanwhile, the VW Safari fleet enjoys high consumer demand, particularly among the incentive and tour markets from Europe and the U.S.A. in search of unusual conveyances for themed island explorations and tours.

The current VW Safari fleet in Bali numbers an estimated 117 vehicles.

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