Experts stress on preventive system

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 5, 2014-

At a time when the number of road accidents and fatalities caused has seen an alarming rise, experts have recommended that the government adopt an effective prevention system in its road safety management programmes.

“The authorities need to focus on the design and construction of safer roads and improvement of existing roads to reduce the probability of accidents,” said Kali Prasad Nepal, a transportation expert. “For this, a comprehensive approach to road safety management system is a most.” The government has drafted Nepal Road Safety Action Plan (2013-2020) in order to minimise road accidents but the plan was never implemented effectively.

Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Planning, said the government has been prioritising road safety over the past few years. “We will work on improving the condition of roads and vehicles to prevent the accidents.” The old fleet of vehicles, level of illiteracy of both drivers and road users and weak transport system, among others, are blamed for the increasing number of road accidents in the country.

According to the data obtained from Traffic Police, a total of 8,406 road accidents were recorded last year, in which, 1,787 people were killed, 3,516 severely injured and 7,877 received minor injuries. The government had also formed a Road Safety Council in the nineties but it has been defunct for some years now. Though there have been calls for revive the council as envisioned in the action plan, the authorities have failed to do so.

Published: 06-11-2014 08:58

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