NTU signs Contract with Ethiopian Ministry of Transport to contribute towards improving Road Safety within the Country
NTU’s leading role in the Road Safety sector has been further strengthened this week with the signature of an 18-month contract to provide Consultancy Services for the Piloting of Enhanced Enforcement of Road Safety and Post-Crash Care to the Ethiopian Ministry of Transport. The scope of the service comprises providing assistance towards enhancing road safety on five pilot corridors in Ethiopia, through the training and capacity building of Traffic Law Enforcement Officers, creating Publicity and Awareness campaigns promoting safer behaviours of road users, and improving Post-crash response and care services. NTU will utilise the Safe System Approach where road safety is addressed in a holistic way.
The number of deaths on the world’s roads remains unacceptably high, with an estimated 1.35 million people dying each year.* While the worldwide rate of road traffic deaths per 100,000 people has remained relatively static over the past 20 years, this is despite rapid motorisation over the same period. This suggests that increased focus on Road Safety measures during the period are contributing towards relatively safer roads. Nevertheless, we are still someway short of the target set under the UN SDG 3.6 which called for a 50% reduction in Road deaths by this year. This highlights a real need for even greater emphasis on Road Safety measures and initiatives from all stakeholders across the world, to help achieve a safer environment for all road users.
NTU is proud to be a leader in the sector with Road Safety projects undertaken in Albania, Hungary, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Zambia among others. NTU is currently implementing some of the largest Donor funded Road Safety initiatives worldwide and will continue to fight in the coming days, months and years to make our roads safer. A lot has been achieved, but more still needs to be done.