Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Public transport group wants Road Safety Council to be revamped

A call is being made for the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) to be revamped for it to be better able to deal with issues like the high number of road fatalities which totalled more than 430 in 2019.

The latest call comes from the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), a group which represents operators of public passenger vehicles.

 “The Road Safety Council must be reformed to give groups a seat on the council who have an active road safety agenda,” TODSS said in a news release.

“The council should facilitate the establishment of a road safety committee with clear operative objectives. There should be a distinct and defined objective between the Road Safety Council and the Road Safety Unit with more financial support going to the Road Safety Unit,” TODSS added.

“While we await the silver bullet Road Traffic Act, we have to hit the road and engage the people and the community.

“We have to stop the coffee-drinking meetings. On the eve of the prime minister-led National Road Safety Council meeting on Thursday, January 9, if serious and decisive action is not taken now with short, medium and long-term plans to reduce fatal crashes in the country, then we could see an increase in the number of traffic-related deaths this year,” TODSS continued.

TODSS, which said it will officially launch its 2020 National Road Safety Awareness Campaign Agenda on Sunday, January 19 at the Mountain View New Testament Church of God in Kingston, said road safety is all our responsibility.

 

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