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.
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.