Government Secures Ushs 9bn for Road Safety

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The Minister of Works and Transport, John Nasasira, has said government is committed to ending the carnage on Uganda's roads. He told a press conference in Kampala over the weekend that government has secured nine billion shillings from the World Bank to establish a National Road Safety Agency. Over the next seven days the country will mark National Road Safety Week. Road accidents in Uganda have increased considerably over the past decade. A survey by the Ministry of Works found that in 2000 there were 14,390 roads accidents in the country. Eight years later this number had doubled. Nasasira said the majority of road accidents in Uganda are caused by human error. Therefore the new National Road Safety Agency will be a central point to improve driving, conduct regular vehicle inspections and establish a national curriculum for vehicle use. Nasasira said the National Road Safety Agency will have centers in Kampala, Mbarara, Mbale, gulu, Arua and Masaka. Car owners will be expected to take their cars for inspection at these centers twice a year to establish their roadworthiness. Dan Alinange, Communications Manager at the Uganda National Roads Authority, said work is underway to ensure that all major highways are safe for drivers. He said this will involve redesigning the Mityana, Mbarara and Jinja highways to double them in size and remove all black spots.