By John Nhandara
THE Government has pledged to implement the United Nations’ recommendations on road safety as part of efforts to reduce road carnage.
The United Nations Road Safety Performance Review for Zimbabwe was handed over to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Honourable Felix Mhona by the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for road safety Jean Todt in Harare this Wednesday.
Accepting the report, Minister Mhona said the government will continue to put in place robust legislative and policy measures that conform to regional and international road safety standards.
“As Government, we are committed to implementing recommendations from the report to come up with standards that are in line with regional and international standards. This report comes at a time we have NDS1 which envisages.”
Keyline ministries that attended the launch presented different measures being put in place to address road carnage in the country.
“There are 1,3 million accidents recorded in the world every year. In Zimbabwe, we have opened an accident and nursing school for the provision of emergency services.”
Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe board chairperson Kura Sibanda noted the need to adopt a holistic and multi-stakeholder approach in road safety management.
“In line with the increasing number of accidents we have witnessed, we welcome the UN road safety performance review and we will escalate our awareness and policy enforcement measures on our roads going forward,” said Sibanda.
The road safety performance review comes after Zimbabwe launched the 2021 to 2030 UN Global Decade of Action Plan for Road Safety which targets to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50 percent.