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Land Transport Department striving to ease traffic accidents

The Land Transport Department is striving to ease traffic accidents and ensure safe and efficient transport network through introducing up-to-date traffic law, according to Mr. Tesfamariam Woldegebriel, head of traffic safety unit in the department.
Asmara, 7 December 2010 – The Land Transport Department is striving to ease traffic accidents and ensure safe and efficient transport network through introducing up-to-date traffic law, according to Mr. Tesfamariam Woldegebriel, head of traffic safety unit in the department.

Noting that Traffic Proclamation No. 154/2006 has been modified and is ready for implementation, he outlined the various action plans implemented over the past two year focusing on improving laws and regulations, developing safe and efficient transport networks and the like.

Mr. Tesfamariam further explained that the expansion of roads in streets among towns is playing major role in reducing traffic accidents. He also stressed the need for putting in place traffic signs on the construction sites.

Mr. Tesfamariam went on to say that at present 65% of the country’s population has access to transport service, and that concerted action is being taken to raise the number to 75% in the near future.

Replying to complaints by taxi drivers as regards the punishment they are subjected to for violating laws, he asserted that the action was necessary as they failed to provide service to the public at fair price.   

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