By Hilary Mare
THE process of road safety legislative reform is long overdue and we need to arrest the situation whereby out-dated laws from apartheid South Africa are used to manage our Public Enterprises in this country, Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb has said.
Speaking at the Road Safety Management Bill stakeholder workshop this week, the Minister further said that the road safety enabling legislation is necessary for the proper management of the Subsector and the implementation of remedial measures in curbing the carnage on roads.
“I am further informed that the Global Decade of Action Plan also calls for the review of current national legislation and regulations as well as to identify barriers to the implementation and enforcement of effective road safety measures within member countries. This call further requires that we identify available instruments, such as international agreements, and evidence-based guidance and recommendations on effective measures to improve legislation.
“The latter would then pave the way for preparation of action plans to strengthen national legislation and regulations for the five main risk factors and for post-crash care, including advocating for improvement. The road safety enabling legislation is necessary for the proper management of the Subsector and the implementation of remedial measures in curbing the carnage on our roads,” he added.
He further emphasized that both financial and human resources play significant roles in legislative processes.
“Although legislation is often the basis for budget allocations, such allocations may not match the mandates, making implementation virtually impossible. This has been the case in Namibia, whereby the current enabling legislation was a bottleneck itself for the Subsector. We therefore need to be much vigilant in ensuring that sound input is given into this process and that this process should pave the way for the review and implementation of other policies.
“You may recall that I have directed the National Road Safety Council in 2015, following appointment of Council, that this Bill, commonly referred to as the ‘Lead Agency Bill’ be fast-tracked and brought before Parliament as soon as reasonably possible. I am sincerely grateful for the progress made and further request all stakeholders in the sub-sector to assist the National Road Safety Council in its quest to realize this national project,” said the Minister.
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