Ministry of Transport Aims to Improve Road Safety with Legislative Amendments
The Ministry of Transport is hoping to make changes to the laws of the land to improve road safety and prevent road traffic incidents on the country’s highways. The ministry plans to make legislative amendments to improve its delivery of service and enhance the enforcement of traffic safety guidelines. The ministry has observed an uptick in road traffic incidents and believe that the rules of the road are not being properly adhered to. Transport CEO, Adele Catzim Sanchez, explained how the ministry will craft legislative frameworks geared at tackling the issue.
Adely Catsim Sanchez, CEO, Ministry of Transport: “We’re already ensuring that we draft legislation to look at the use of the speed guns and making sure that we have better use of seat belts and things like that. As you are aware, we’ve had some road traffic accidents that have been severe and we send our condolences to the families who have suffered the tragic losses that they have. On our end, while we cannot do anything about what has happened already we are looking at the policy framework that will allow us to have a stronger system or better safety measures, putting better safety measures in place to try to prevent as much as possible what we see happening recently. One of the things that we’re looking at is the role of cellular phones and electronic devices that can distract people from the road, keeping their eye on the road. And we’re looking at even probably the safety of vehicles, but a lot of it seems to have to do with driving behaviour. So we’re also looking at ways in which we can, from the inception, help people to learn to drive, learning the rules of the road the proper way. And so we’re putting things in place at this time to ensure that we have the legislative framework in place, that we have the tools and equipment that we will need to be able to improve road safety.”