15 February 2014

Tanzania: Death Toll From Road Carnage High in Kagera

SURFACE and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) in Kagera Region collected 337.5m/- in revenues last year, being penalties for violation of regulations.

SUMATRA Kagera Regional Chief, Mr Alex Katama said 135 vehicles were impounded during an operation conducted in Muleba, Bukoba, Biharamulo, Ngara, Karagwe, Kyerwa and Misenyi districts. He said the offences include over charging passengers, diverting routes and tatty uniforms worn by drivers and conductors adding that daladalas and buses were the most notorious culprits.

He urged passengers to cooperate with SUMATRA by stating that unruly drivers and conductors and to ensure that they knew their bus fare rates. Meanwhile, Mr Katama said road carnage in Kagera Region will not be left to continue unchecked.

He stressed that statistics on road accidents are shocking and called for action to put to an end the problem, a task for all road users and not SUMATRA and traffic police alone.

According to Mr Katama, a total of 626 fatal accidents were recorded within four years (2010-2013), claiming 643 lives while 663 people sustained permanent injuries.

He said during 2010 a total of 200 road accidents were recorded, claiming 155 lives while 175 others sustained injuries. In 2011 a total of 156 people died in road accidents while 182 others sustained injuries.

Between January to December, 2012 a total of 182 people perished in 159 road accidents, while 163 others sustained severe injuries. Last year, a total of 149 accidents were recorded claiming 150 lives while 150 people sustained permanent injuries.

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