Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Road Safety in Morocco Improves

A few years ago road safety was a major problem in Morocco, now things are changing, with generally better driving skills and the introduction of speed cameras and more rigorous vehicle inspections

With more and more cars on the roads, the number of accidents have increased. However, Moroccan drivers, aware of the cost of insurance and repairs, are now much better behaved on the roads than they were a decade ago.

Between 2013 and 2015 vehicle inspectors checked 201,729 vehicles, finding 17 617 offences - 8.73, per 100 vehicles checked.

These figures were provided by the ministry in charge of transport during the meeting dedicated to the presentation of the results and prospects of the Road Control Committee under the Ministry.

The meeting is part of the implementation of a national road safety strategy running from 2016 to 2025, which aims to reduce by 50% the number of victims of traffic accidents.

The balance of 4646 call centre for the first six months of 2016 reported, meanwhile, reported 625 vehicles of public transport, and intercepted 223 vehicles checked and recorded 170 offences.

Participants at the meeting adopted a plan for the automatic control of cargo trucks and the revision of the method of determining locations of roadside checks.

Busses and trucks may now be controlled automatically

A total of 802 803 minutes of speed camera video were recorded during the first eight months of the current year by the National Treatment Centre of offences detected by speed cameras.

The head of the Highway Safety Division, Chahidi Azzedine, welcomed the establishment of the 4646 call centre that allows citizens to report offences committed by bus drivers. "625 public transport vehicles were reported through this call centre in the first six months of 2016," he said, which led to the interception of 223 vehicles and registration of 170 offences.


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