SAFE WAY RIGHT WAY LAUNCHES THE ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATIVE ACTION PLAN AT PARLIAMENT

On Friday 18th May 2018, The Parliamentary Forum for Road Safety with support from the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility and in partnership with the Ministry of Works and Transport and Safe Way Right Way launched the implementation of the Road Safety Legislative Action Plan as an effort to address legislative issues regarding the institutionalized management of road safety, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles and road users, and post- crash response.

In Uganda, fatal crashed rose from 500 in 1991 to 3,503 in 2016, representing a seven- fold increment over a periods of 25 years. A new world Bank studyfinds that reducing traffic deaths and injuries could result in substantial long-term income gains for low- and middle –income countries.

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Using detailed data on deaths and economic indicators from 135 countries, the study estimates that on average, a 10% reduction in road traffic deaths raises per capita real GDP by 3.6% over a 24 year horizon. The study finds that countries that do not invest in road safety could miss out on anywhere between seven and 22% in potential per capita GDP growth over a 24- year period.

This justification requires policymakers to prioritize prove investments in road safety and provides the bedrock for the World Bank intervention through the global Road Safety Facility.

The WHO Global Road Safety status report – 2015 puts annual road traffic fatalities in Uganda at over 10,000 while the health management information system data indicates that the public health system is overwhelmed with road traffic crashed which are listed among the top 10 leading cases of hospital deaths in the country.



It was this alarming rate of road accidents that led Safe Way Right Way and member of Parliament to establish the Parliamentary Forum on Road Safety (PAFROS) and the subsequent development of a legislative Action Plan based on a gap analysis of the traffic and road safety act as well as recommend best practice across and array of policies and legislation cutting across government ministries, departments and agencies.

The emphasis for the success of this project will be the ability for stakeholders to ensure sustained policy development and implementation across several government agencies with a mandate to support Road safety improvement.

“The most critical output following the establishment of the forum was the development of a legislative action Plan informed by the 5 pillars of Road safety as recommended under the United Nations decade of action for road safety to which Uganda is a signatory”

Speaking at the event, the Rt.Hon. Speaker of Parliament Rebbeca Kadaga said, “I will personally work with the Parliamentary Forum On Road safety (PAFROS) to create national awareness, debate and attention towards the issues we are facing as a country as well as work with my fellow members to deliver the legislation that will support government agencies to develop and implement policies that will ensure a systematic approach to road safety improvement in Uganda. “

Guests at the event included Hon. Aggrey Bagiire- Minister of State for Transport, Eng. Ivan Mwondha – Senior Transport specialist for the World Bank, Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam – Country Representative WHO, senior members of the Ministry of Works and Transport, National Road Safety council, Transport Licensing Board and senior representatives from the Uganda Police Force.

SAFE WAY RIGHT WAY RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS PRINCE MICHAEL INTERNATIONAL ROAD SAFETY AWARD <

On 12 December 2017 at an Annual award ceremony in London, UK, Safe Way Right Way was honoured to receive a “Prince Michael International Road Safety Award”. The award is one of the highest and most prestigious awards recognising companies or organisations for their outstanding contribution to improving road safety through Innovation.

The judges noted that the programme showed an impressive approach to engaging the private sector working to support and engage public sector, NGOs and enforcement agencies as well as governments to deliver a highly effective programme which would serve as an example to other NEPAD programmes. They were impressed by its effectiveness and targeted approach.

Safe Way Right Way received the award for efforts to reduce road traffic crashes through implementation of holistic highway specific interventions informed by the Decade of Action for Road Safety pillars specifically "Safer road users" and enabled through developing and leveraging synergies between the government and private sector operators.

The road safety interventions along the Kampala- Malaba Highway included a road safety inspection/ baseline study of the existing 220km Kampala- Malaba highway in an effort to identify high accident locations or black spots and suggest measures to mitigate some avoidable accidents. The baseline study identified 67 black spots along the highway and safety concerns along the highway were broadly categorised into speeding and overtaking zones, trading centres with high pedestrian volumes and school zones.

Recommended actions for the project included enforcement of speed limits and appropriate overtaking at selected high priority sections in partnership with the Uganda Police Force, donation of laser speed guns and training for 50 Traffic Officers. Short term measures to address safety concerns at selected road side markets were implemented through stakeholder engagements and community sensitisation as well as provision of safety gear such as vests. At prioritised schools, road safety education was delivered and at identified school zones there was installation of zebra crossings and speed calming measures in partnership with the Uganda National Roads Authority. Other interventions included a mass media campaign that saw the use of life size "police dummies" at identified high speed sections of the highway and sensitisation of speeding drivers carried out by the project team.

The project achievements for the speed management campaign saw an 8% reduction in the proportion of over speeding vehicles on almost all sections evaluated, the "Police Assistant/dummy" led to a 54% reduction in proportion of vehicles travelling above the 80km/hr. posted speed limit whilst the average speed of all vehicles at high speed sections reduced by 24km/hr. An overall homogenous reduction in speed variance and extreme speeds was realised.

The school zone campaign reached over 5400 children and saw 70% of pupils observed using the zebra crossings provided, over 12% increase in children looking left and right before crossing the road, 40% decrease in children running across the road and a 65% increase in children walking in single file.