Cabinet approves African Road Safety Charter ratification

10 Sep 2018 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – Cabinet has approved Namibia to accede to the African Road Safety Charter, a policy framework for road safety improvement in Africa.
Briefing members of the media here on Monday, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa said cabinet authorised the Ministry of Works and Transport to table the charter in parliament for ratification to allow for a draft of a new Road Safety Bill.
The charter, adopted in January 2016 by the African Union member states, aims to serve as an advocacy tool and instrument for road safety improvement on the continent and facilitate the creation of an enabling environment to drastically reduce road traffic crashes.
Simataa explained that accession to the charter will assist Namibia to review the current National Road Safety act of 1972.
“The current act is outdated. Hence, there is a need for decision-makers to rectify it and make it more current,” he said.
Simataa stressed that although the act will be tightened, it will be difficult to legislate the good conduct and behaviour of road users.
He added that even if the country has a super act, its success entirely depends on the degree to which the society is prepared to alter attitudes, values and morals.
“Namibia as a society has lost its value, particularly the respect for life. Our roads are good but people have a tendency of over-speeding, leading to the loss of many lives,” he stressed.