MVA Fund continues with road safety activities

06 Jan 2017 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JAN (NAMPA) – The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and partners in the 2016/2017 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign will embark on a number of activities to ensure the safe return of travellers to their homes, work and schools.
A joint statement by the Fund and partners including the Namibia Police Force, Ministry of Works and Transport and Roads Authority issued Thursday said the activities will be conducted along the B1 and B2 routes.
The B1 runs from Noordoewer on the South African border to Oshikango on the Angolan border. B2 runs from Okahandja to Walvis Bay.
Other partners are the Road Fund Administration, Private Sector Road safety Forum, National Road Safety Council and City Police.
Activities will start this Friday and end on 17 January 2017, and include a focus on passenger safety and the ‘Safe Journey to School’ programme.
“Seatbelt usage by passengers will be enforced by law-enforcement agencies throughout the country, while the number of passengers in vehicles will be monitored to discourage overloading,” reads the statement.
Additionally, the conveying of persons in pick-ups will also be monitored as in terms of the Road Traffic and Transport Regulation 266.
“A person may not operate a goods vehicle carrying passengers on or in the goods compartment of the vehicle on a public road, or exceeding the limit of six people.”
Since the safety campaign for the 2016/2017 festive season commenced on 22 November last year, 94 lives have been lost and 894 persons have been injured in 480 crashes.
The MVA and partners said public transport will be expected to produce a passenger list and ensure that children are accounted for properly in terms of the relevant regulations.
“Generally, children are not regarded when counting passengers, thus resulting in the over loading of passengers and involuntarily exposing innocent children to greater risk of injury and death in case of a road crash.”
The MVA urged passengers to take responsibility for their own safety by not boarding an overloaded vehicle.
The Safe Journey to School programme will as from Wednesday to Friday provide road safety marshals at and near primary schools in the Khomas Region to ensure that crossing roads does not claim any child’s life and that vehicles transporting children to school are not overloaded.