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Third African Road Safety Congress

By The World Bank

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Book Id: WPLBN0000191299
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Third African Road Safety Congress  
Author: The World Bank
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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Summary and Conclusions. (i). Road accidents is a serious a problem all over the world. However, while most countries in other continents have succeeded in checking and even reversing the number of road fatalities, current trends in Africa indicate that the carnage will increase with increasing motorization without effective remedial actions. However, one can not discuss financing of remedial activities without defining its objectives and goals, the type and amount of activities required, and without specifying responsibilities, suitable financing instruments, and how funds are to be managed to ensure the best value for money. (ii). The government is ultimately responsibility for road safety policies. It need in that context to specify who in government is carrying that responsibility, and specify how its execution is to be allocated among the numerous agencies involved and how their activities are to be coordinated. It also need to specify policy objectives and targets. (iii). The discussion on financing has been based on the view that road transport is an economic activity where management and financing of infrastructure and operations should be commercialized. The road sector should in principle cover all costs associated with the demand for infrastructure and other services, and compensate for any detrimental impact on environment and the rest of the society. The road users should following this concept, carry all costs associated with particular investments and services required to lower the risk for crashes, personal injury and fatalities in traffic to the desired level. As motorized vehicles by their mass and operating characteristics are causing the damage in conflict situations, it seems clear that they would have to carry the major part of if not all remedial costs, either as investments and services or through reduced mobility. (iv). Demand for and use of road infrastructure by motor vehicles will following the commercialization concept, be paid for through a road tariff that may be levied through an annual fee and a fuel levy. This tariff should also cover any safety aspects like elimination of black spots. While the responsibility for licensing and control of drivers and vehicles may remain with a government agency, the costs associated with these licenses should be covered by separate licenses fees. Licensing could be contracted out to private entities. A novel idea is to leave licensing to insurance companies, tying licenses to compulsory third party liability insurance and provide incentives to keep standards..


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