The Minister of Land Transport and Tramway, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr. Alan Ganoo, participated this afternoon in Port Louis in a webinar organized by the Department of Infrastructure and the energy of the African Union Commission, on the sidelines of the African Road Safety Day celebrations. African Road Safety Day coincides with World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

In a statement, Minister Ganoo said the virtual meeting brought together several ministers as well as public and private sector actors from other countries. He praised this initiative which has helped to create the desired networking between nations at the international level and to learn about successful actions in other countries that could serve as models in the local context.

Mr. Ganoo underlined that the National Road Safety Strategy 2016-2025 of his ministry set out 10 strategic pillars of actions to be implemented over a period of 10 years through a collaborative approach in order to respond to the problem of road safety in Maurice. The strategy, he said, has so far produced short-term gains, as evidenced by the number of personal injury accidents which shows a trend of a slight decrease of 20% this year compared to the year 2020. According to him, the Ministry of Transport and Light Rail and other stakeholders have put a lot of effort into reversing the trend in the number of road accidents in Mauritius.

He nevertheless acknowledged that an average of 140 road users in Mauritius die each year as a result of road accidents. The government, he stressed, is thus constantly raising citizens’ awareness of road safety issues through campaigns, social networks and the press. In addition, he pointed out that new regulations were being adopted in Mauritius to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations relating to road safety.

Speaking about speed at the heart of the road accident problem, he pointed out that according to the World Health Organization, a 5% reduction in average speed could lead to a 30% reduction in the number of road accidents. the deadly road. In this context, he added, several streets in Port Louis have recently been declared 30 and 40 km / h zones and this measure will soon be extended to other towns on the island.

Regarding the commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance of Road Victims, Minister Ganoo stressed that several activities were to be held in Mauritius between November 21 and 27, 2021. However, due to the local resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions imposed by the government, activities had to be canceled, except for a wreath laying ceremony which was held on November 21, 2021 at a site where a public bus was crashed a few years ago, he noted.

In conclusion, the Minister of Land Transport reiterated the government’s commitment to reduce road accidents, adding that this required the collaboration of other stakeholders and civil society as a whole. He also called on road users to observe all safety measures and to be courteous in order to avoid traffic accidents, especially during the next Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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