WINDHOEK: The Namibia Traffic Management Solutions (NTMS) entity says Namibia’s road safety industry is in a chaotic state and needs immediate Government intervention so that accidents on national roads can be decreased.NTMS Managing Director Felix Tjozongoro said at a media briefing here on Tuesday afternoon the entity’s leadership is of the opinion that Namibia’s road safety industry is in “a very sick and chaotic” situation.
“This situation calls for concerted efforts to be taken by all stakeholders in the industry in order to reduce the occurrence of accidents and save more lives. Namibians, let us stop being spectators and take action because someone is being killed every day on our national roads,” he said.
Tjozongoro, who also doubles as an independent road accident investigation expert, said uncoordinated campaigns on the national road safety strategy run by both the Motor-Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is one of the factors contributing to the chaotic situation of the country’s road safety industry.
“We have the MVA running the Xupifa Eemwenyo campaign. On the other side, we have the Ethimbo strategy run by NSRC. This is a duplication of strategy on road safety campaigns that is not needed. Namibia needs to have a single, uniform and viable strategy,” he explained.
The Xupifa Eemwenyo project was initially started as a festive season campaign in 2005, while the Ethimbo strategy was launched last year.NTMS is of the opinion that two main factors are at play in the increase in accidents and the state of the road safety industry – the unruly behaviour of drivers, and the government and its agencies’ alleged failure to act and enforce proper regulations in the industry.
He said the lack of qualified manpower in the Ministry of Works and Transport’s department of transport also contributes to the chaotic situation in the industry.Namibia with its population of about 2,1 million and a land area covering an estimated 824, 295 square kilometres has about 13 regional traffic units.
The country is also reported to have, on average, only two Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Traffic Unit vehicles per region. Overall, Namibia has a total of less than 300 traffic officers under NamPol.