Home Menu Search

Uganda establishes national lead agency

25 January 2014

On average there are 61 accidents and nine deaths every day on Uganda's roads. The Guardian reports that now, five years after the idea was mooted, the government is in the final stages of setting up a national agency to reduce traffic deaths and improve road safety.

And Uganda is not alone. Across sub-Saharan Africa, which has thehighest road fatality rates of any global region (pdf), several countries are setting up road safety agencies, a step the UN recommends in its Global Plan for the decade of action on road safety.

The World Health Organisation and the World Bank have long maintained that dedicated national agencies are the best way to tackle the issue of road safety, which does not fall strictly within the authority of traditional ministries of health, transport or law enforcement.

In Uganda, the new National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) will be responsible for "advocacy, sensitisation, awareness campaigns and lobbying for more funding", says Nathan Tumushabe, secretary of the country's National Road Safety Council, a branch of the transport ministry that will be disbanded once the NRSA is established.

The NRSA has at least one good example to follow: Nigeria, which set up its Federal Road Safety Corps  25 years ago in an attempt to reduce carnage on the roads. At the time, there were about 25,000 crashes per year in the country, says Osita Chidoka, head of the corps. By 2012, the figure had dropped by 75%.
The Nigerian agency, which reports to the president's office, won a major international road safety award in 2008. The World Bank's Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Programme has described it as "an inspiration to other countries in several ways", singling it out for its professional management and use of modern technology, among other things.
 

Related news, events and information

Renewed commitment from the FIA Foundation

20 January 2017 – The FIA Foundation has renewed multi-year grant agreements with major road safety partners in a concerted push...

Urgent call for ‘Safe System’ in 2018 at transport summits in Washington DC

22 January 2018 – With many countries slipping further from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal target for halving road...

IRF strengthens partnership with World Bank on SuM4All Initiative

17 January 2018 – With the signing of the Consortium Charter in Washington DC, the International Road Federation, Geneva has...

A road safety agenda for 2018: Lord Robertson urges global parliamentary action

17 January 2018 – Story from the FIA Foundation. Lord Robertson Chairman of the FIA Foundation Writing for the Parliamentary...

Royal Awards recognise achievements in road safety management

14 December 2017 – A number of organisations have been awarded a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for achievements...

Global road safety award for the International Transport Forum

6 December 2016 – The esteemed Decade of Action Special Award for Road Safety for 2017 goes to the International Transport Forum...

Safe school crossings advocacy launched in Mozambique and Botswana

3 October 2017 – Government officials in Mozambique and Botswana are being encouraged to support low cost footpaths and safe...

MPs worldwide launch manifesto calling for urgent action to halve global road deaths

9 May 2017 – Parliamentarians worldwide are being urged to support action to meet the United Nation's (UN) target to halve...

Road Safety Seminar “Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries: Leading a Paradigm Shift to a Safe System”

20 September 2016 – Every year, 1.25 million people die in road traffic. Road crashes are the seventh most frequent cause of death...