The nine-seater van generated by most car manufacturers in the 80’s is the standard. For every shiny BMW there is its opposite—The Tunisian Louage. Not all are thirty years old; some are more modern and well maintained. It is the roulette wheel of the lounge.
Locals use louages (shared taxis) as they are more flexible then the bus and train and about the same price. There are no timetables; people wait at the louage station (which is generally near a train or bus station) until eight people turn up. Louage departures are very frequent; a louage departs as soon as the seats are filled. All Louage cars are of white color, with a side stripe showing the coverage area. Louages between major cities are recognizable by their red stripe, louages within region are recognizable by their blue stripe and Louages serving rural areas are recognizable by their yellow strips.