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8th Annual Road Safety Conference

At the opening of the 8th Annual Road Safety Conference in Otjiwarongo, Eliphas !Owos-Oab, the Chairperson of the National Road Safety Council, revealed that there has been a 42% reduction in road fatalities during the recent festive season, which took place from December to January this year.

Various important stakeholders in the transportation sector are currently gathered in Otjiwarongo to assess the progress made in implementing key strategic objectives. !Owos-Oab acknowledged the significant role played by private sector organizations in promoting road safety, which has contributed to the reduction in fatal accidents. He also praised the effectiveness of traffic law enforcement, noting the visible presence of traffic officers at strategic locations in towns and on national roads. Comparing the recent festive period of December 2022 and January 2023 to the corresponding period in 2021/2022, there has been a 42% decline in road fatalities.

Honourable John Mutorwa, the Minister of Works and Transport and the designated Road Safety Champion, emphasized that road safety requires a change in motorists' attitudes. He emphasized the need for continuous improvement, strengthening of policy guidelines, and strategies to address the behavioural issues that contribute to accidents. Mutorwa also revealed that the Vehicle Mass and Roads, as well as the Road Transportation Passenger Bills, could be tabled in the National Assembly this year, as they have already gone through the cabinet committee on legislation and are now before the drafters for review.

Marlayn Mbakera, the Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, expressed the region's support for initiatives aimed at reducing road accidents and advocated for the conversion of the B1 road into a dual carriageway, particularly between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo.

The 8th Annual Road Safety Conference revolves around the theme "Creating a conducive environment for synergy, accountability, performance management, and active ownership."


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