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In 2009, the Algerian Ministry of Transport considered measures to replace the old and dangerous buses on the roads. It's part of the government's efforts to reduce road accidents.
The ministry developed a criteria for the forcible retirement of vehicles aged 30 years and over. The prevalence of old vehicles has contributed to the high level of deaths on Algeria's roads.
According to official estimates, about 60% of all cars in Algeria are more than 10 years old. The plan is also as part of the Algerian government efforts to remove polluting cars from roads and reduce pollution levels.
Hitting the roads of Algeria is never an easy prospect - there are many aspects travellers need to be aware of. Drivers will encounter police and military checkpoints on major roads within and on the periphery of Algiers and other major cities. Security personnel at these checkpoints expect full cooperation.
Motorists should be aware that terrorists employ false roadblocks as a tactic for ambushes and kidnappings, primarily in the central regions of Boumerdes and Tizi Ouzou and some parts of eastern Algeria.
Bandits are also known to pull people over acting as police officers. Roadblocks and encounters with officials is common throughout Africa, so don't be too worried. Just have your details ready and answer questions that are asked of you.
Algeria is well known for his dramatic desert landscapes and for many travelers the allure to get away and see the sandy paradise may be quite a draw card.
But it's not as easy as you might think. Driving alone in the desert has been made illegal after kidnappings in 2003, and a number of checkpoints exist in the desert in order to ensure people only travel in groups.
Expeditions into the Sahara pose a whole host of other problems, from fuel shortages to sandstorms and bandits. Make sure you are adequately briefed and prepared well before departure.
Avoid all travel outside the towns of Tamanrasset, Djanet and Bourdj Bou Arreridj without a local guide.
Tourists in the area should confirm their travel arrangements before arrival in Algeria, using a reputable guide with good local knowledge.
Exercise caution when traveling to the border areas with Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Libya and Tunisia.
Border crossings, especially in the south, have become increasingly dangerous due to terror groups, so it is advised not to do it unless necessary.
If you do want to see the different sights around Algeria, take to the skies.
The best way to get around is to travel by air or with a group, although air fares are quite expensive.
Air travel is relatively safe despite some bad press in the past, when a group of unarmed men tried to hijack a domestic flight in January 2003.
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Traveling to Algeria? What you need to know about terrorism, local laws, crime and civil unrest before you go. Plus, tips to stay safe.