Toyota Hice and other minibuses

Many minibuses are used in Cabo Verde, for transport of tourists, small groups, for public transport, by the Police, etc. The ones used for public transport have a licence number (like the large buses) and a yellow sign on the roof with "for rent" in Portuguese. With very few exceptions the Toyota Hiace is used, and almost all belong to the most recent models. How much the Toyota Hiace dominates the market is reflected in the association of minibus owners, which is called "Assocacao de Defensa dos Proprietarios de Hiace de Aluguer" (see picture above): "the association for the defense (of the interests) of the owners of Hiace for rent". For rent (aluguer) apparently is used for public transport vehicles.