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Cameroon: Gov’t wants seat belts provided in all passenger buses

The Minister of Transports, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe has called on promoters of interurban transport agencies to make sure…

The Minister of Transports, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe has called on promoters of interurban transport agencies to make sure each of their buses has seat belts to limit consequences in case of any road accident.

 

The measure is one among many rolled out by Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe Tuesday August 10 during a crisis meeting with stakeholders in the transport sector on the heels of three different road accidents that occurred in less than 24 hours in the Centre region and claimed 40 lives.

“The decree of irresponsibility is what we see in the transport sector nowadays. Owners of transport agencies have lost control over their drivers. Some of these drivers take tramadol to ‘have energy’. They will be sanctioned…” Those were part of the opening statements of Minister Jean Ernest Massena who outlined a number of measures taken to limit the occurrence of road accidents in the country and in the centre region in particular.

Apart from demanding that seat belts should be made available in all interurban transport buses, Minister Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe has asked that henceforth, Chief of agencies will mention the hours of departures and arrivals on the respective sites on the travelling tickets, in order to determine the exact duration of the journey. This is to make sure that the prescribed hours on the road are respected.

The Minister equally wants the lists of all drivers, photocopies of their driving licenses, as well as photocopies of the registration cards of all vehicles.

Added to that, promoters will henceforth systematically transmit for all applications meant  for approval, photocopies of the drivers’ driving licenses, their affiliation to the National Social Insurance Fund and the list of vehicles concerned.

Minister Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe was firm on the point that owners of public transport agencies who will not comply with the above mentioned measures will be sanctioned accordingly.

Road accidents involving passenger buses are very common in Cameroon. In late January, the deadliest of all since the year 2021 began occurred in the West region. At least 53 people perished in a collision between a bus and a van carrying fuel.

Many have thus expressed optimism with this new measures put in place by the Government to limit road accidents and called for its effectiveness.

 

 

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