GIS – 09 November, 2017: A workshop on the Road Safety Charter, aiming to demonstrate methods and tools on road safety prevention to public and private companies, was held this morning at the seat of the Bus Industry Employees Welfare Fund in Helvetia, Moka.
In his address at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, highlighted that reducing the number of road accidents and casualties is one of Government’s priorities and all necessary measures are being taken in this endeavour. The enforcement of laws, sensitisation campaigns, and educational programmes are the means used to create awareness on the gravity of road accidents, he stated.
The driving culture in Mauritius, Minister Bodha underlined, should be changed as many people are involved in careless driving which result in fatalities on the road. He reiterated that saving the lives of people and road safety should be a matter of concern for each and everyone. He also recalled that “Moto Ecoles” will be set up to reduce the number of road crashes due to poor driving behaviour involving moto and auto cycles.
The road safety coordinator, Mr D. Raymond, emphasised on the importance for road users to be responsible and to conform to laws as well as to be cautious about the different road risks. The workshop, he said, will focus on the preparation of a road safety prevention plan; elaboration of an action plan; and, management of the Road Safety Charter and road map.
About the workshop and Road Safety Charter
The one-day workshop has been organised following the signature, in June 2017, of the Charter by some 25 public and private bodies in Mauritius to reduce the rate of road accidents.
The Charter aims for zero accidents over a period of five years for all personnel of public and private bodies and the reduction of direct and indirect costs of accidents. It also has as objective to sensitise employees on rules to be respected while using vehicles during both professional and commutation time and provide pedestrians with safety instructions.
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