GIS – 13 May 2013: The Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, Mr. Anil Bachoo, proceeded on Friday 10 May 2013 with the launching of the Speed Camera Enforcement System. The ceremony was held at the Traffic Management and Road Safety Unit, Samlo Tower, Port Louis.
In his address, Minister Bachoo said that with the coming into force of new speed cameras and the Penalty Points System on the very same day, he expects to see a change in the mindset of motor-drivers. There are too many problems that occur with the way many of our drivers take the road, he recalled. “Every morning we can witness the recklessness of many road users and this can be mentally exhaustive and challenging for others”, he stated.
The Speed Camera Enforcement System will be under the responsibility of Proguard Ltd and the Photographic Enforcement Unit of the Traffic Branch of the Mauritius Police Force. Currently, 22 new speed cameras have been installed and are already operational since last Friday, mainly on the M1 motorway and in the St Paul/Phoenix region. By the end of 2013, a further 30 speed cameras in specific black spot areas will be installed.
The Prime Minister, Dr. NavinchandraRamgoolam,proposed last week the setting up of a Driver Education and Testing Centre at Bagatelle. The Centre will provide formal and systematic training and education programmes designed to improve road user skills and behavior, and will help drivers and riders develop respectful and responsible attitudes and improve driving competency.
Moreover, the Centre will carry out the testing for the issue of driving licences. The Centre will also comprise a road circuit with the usual traffic features, a special circuit for wet weather braking exercises for motorcycle riders, a purpose built area to conduct training, and a track for racing.
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