WINDHOEK: The just-ended annual Road Safety Conference has recommended for the introduction of the instructor certificate to be issued to all driving school instructors in the country.
The second annual Road Safety Conference ended on Friday was organised by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) under the theme ‘Consolidating efforts for better results’.
The conference also recommended for the government to stop companies from selling second hand tyres as may increase road accidents.
They also suggested for the tertiary institutions such as Polytechnic of Namibia and University of Namibia to introduce Road Safety course in the educational curriculum.
The conference added that most of these institutions graduates are the majority to own vehicles thus need in-depth training in road safety.
It also suggested for NRSC and Road Authority to work hand-in-hand in the expansion of roads around the cities and outside.
They also suggested for the youth to be educated for the road safety and the renewal of drivers lincence to be done at the age of 80 to see if the driver is still for driving.
The conference also suggested for the transport sector to come up with the vision to work toward.
Speaking at the same occssion, an international road safety action plans specialist Alan Ross has described the road accidents as economic problem as more money spent in medical expenses and repairing vehicles.
He said the government has responsibility to protect the nation and allow all commercial drivers to be over 21 years and must have a prior driving experiences.
Ross suggested for the additional training, testing and competency assessment for all commercial drivers and acquire certificate of competency in order to reduce unnecessary road accidents.
He also recommended for the requirement for installation of speed governors and tachographs in all commercial vehicles.
Ross encouraged for more education and awareness on the use of seat belts to reduce the number of fatalities.
“People carried at the back of the pick-up bakkies is a common problem in most African countries that need to be addressed,” Ross said.
The conference started on Wednesday and ends on Friday.