7 March 2018

Ethiopia: Lack of Integration Worsening Road Violation

Lake of integration among respective authorities and limited public awareness are exacerbating the violation of road safety and regulations in the Capital, panel underscored.

During a panel discussion jointly organized by Fana Broadcasting Corporate and the Addis Ababa City Roads Authority entitled; 'The Role of the Society and Stakeholders,' City Government Road and Transport Bureau Head Dr. Solomon Kidane stated that illegal closure of roads is becoming worse which in turn leads to overcrowded and traffic accidents.

Road infrastructure is the pillar for the development of a given nation in which the Bureau is striving to expand, however, improper and illegal use of roadsides by some individuals and organizations are challenging Bureau's activities, Dr. Solomon added. destructed

Northern Addis Ababa Region Roads Resource Administration Director with the Authority Inspector Ismael Seid for his part said that though road infrastructure is expanding in the Capital, improper use of the road becomes a problem.

"Lack of communication between the Authority and stakeholders as well as lack of awareness in the sides of the community are problems among others which affect the safety of roads," according to the Director.

Violation of road rules is becoming worse and the gap begins from the regulation itself in which the law is unclear and fines for violators is soft, Law Service Director Fasil Belete said.

Commander Seyoum Asfaw, representative of the Addis Ababa Police Commission also built on the same idea and stressed as the problem is getting worse. Contrary to their main purposes, city's roads are currently used for car washing, garage, street vending, and construction purposes, he said.

Engineer Demelash Gebremariam, Deputy Head of the Authority said that the Authority is working to revise the regulation. However, as penalties would not be the solution, everyone should give due attention to curb the problem.

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