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Rwanda Police, RURA To Instal GPS In Public Transport Vehicles

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Rwanda Police, RURA To Instal GPS In Public Transport Vehicles

Traffic Police and Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority, on Thursday resolved to instal Global Positioning System (GPS) in public transport vehicles within two months.

This was after a consultative meeting with stakeholders in a bid to collectively take action against road carnage. The introduction of GPS will come into force to track public vehicles and motorcycles on roads, as another measure to reduce traffic offenses.

According to Commissioner of Police, George Rumanzi, in nine months, 1% of road accidents were caused by trailer trucks, 27% by buses, 60% by motorcycles, whereas 10% are caused by articulated lorries.

The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana, cautioned that, “we succeeded in protecting Rwanda from enemy attacks, and we can’t relent when citizens’ lives are being lost in road accidents.”

CP Rumanzi noted that many accidents, currently, are mainly caused by drink driving and driver fatigue. This followed the introduction of speed governors in public transport vehicles, which has “minimized accident caused by speed excess speed driving by 65 percent.”

Travel Agencies were requested to carry out health checks among their drivers before they embark on journeys.

The Head of Rwanda Public Transporters Association, Olivier Nizeyimana, asked Traffic Police to increase the speed limit to 60km/h in speed governors.

Police however declined saying instead, that transporters should allow drivers to have enough rest to avoid fatigue that has been pointed out as one of leading causes of accidents.

Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety, George Rumanzi and Minister of State in Charge of Transport, Eng. Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye. Photo by Pacifique Himbaza

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