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Minister of Works outlines plans to improve road safety

Minister of Works outlines plans to improve road safety

Minister of Works and Transport, Senator Rohan Sinanan

Minister of Works and Transport, Senator Rohan Sinanan and Minister of Public Utilities, Fitzgerald Hinds

Recently instated Minister of Works and Transport, Senator Rohan Sinanan says the Ministry is now involved in legislative reform and other solutions that will support and improve safety on the road.

The Minister stated that while statistics from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Branch indicate that fatal accidents have decreased from last year by 15 percent and deaths by 14 percent, there is still a lot of work to be done.

The Minister made the comment at World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims, hosted by Arrive according to our partners at Looptt.

Referring to the proposed Demerit Points System initiative which allows for points to be assigned to a driver’s licence, Sinanan said the Ministry is at the stage when this Policy for the Amendment of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act is available for comment on the Ministry of Works’ website.

Global-Road-Technology-and-The-Decade-of-Action-The Minister said the Traffic Management Branch is engaged in numerous projects “that will continue to help make road travel safer especially for non-drivers.”

These include the increased presence of pedestrian crossings in urbanized areas.

Two examples of this work include pedestrian crossing facilities in Curepe and San Juan at the Priority Bus Route and Eastern Main Road.

Recently the Traffic Management Branch installed pedestrian head signals, bells, and improved signage to assist walkers in these two areas and was able to re-paint approximately 180 KM of road markings on major roadways that were faded

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