GIS - 08 December, 2015: The Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, will open a two-day consultative workshop on the National Road Safety Strategy 2015-2025 tomorrow, 9 December 2015, at Hennessy Park Business Hotel in Ebène.
The workshop, organised by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, builds upon the meetings of the National Road Safety Council which focused on the elaboration of the main guidelines of the National Road Safety Strategy 2015-2025. Between 2010 and 2014, a total of 739 persons were killed in road crashes, and 2,575 persons were seriously injured. The Strategy thus aims at preventing road injuries and saving life on roads.
The workshop precedes the meeting of the National Road Safety Commission, chaired by the Prime Minister, which will be held early next year with a view to examining and adopting the National Strategy. It is recalled that the National Road Safety Commission, chaired by the Prime Minister, brings together all concerned Ministries while the National Road Safety Council coordinates the activities of all departments and agencies involved in road safety namely the Road Development Authority, the Traffic Management and Road Safety Unit, the Traffic Police Branch, insurance companies, car dealers, and Health and Education Ministries, among others.
Several themes will be discussed during the workshop including the pedagogy of driving; road education at school; road safety at work; the concept of safe road system; and health as a major road safety issue. The themes are in accordance with the remarks and recommendations of the World Bank published in a report in April 2013 on the review of road safety management capacity in Mauritius. They also reflect the concerns and views of local stakeholders, as gathered by the Road Safety Coordinator, as well as those of the public who were invited to give their proposals, following a communiqué issued last November by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport.
Local and international experts and consultants from France and Reunion Island will be conducting the workshop. Summary of discussions from the workshop will be appended to the report on the National Road Safety Strategy 2015-2025.
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