Morocco World News
Morocco World News
Rabat, October 3, 2012
The road accident that occurred this morning in Sale comes as a reminder that Morocco is living in a daily road war, which claims the lives of over 4,000 people every year. According to estimates provided by the Directorate General of National Security, every year between 60,000 and 70,000 traffic accidents occur in the country, which result in the death of an average of 4000 people.
On Friday September 21, Minister of Equipment and Transport, Aziz Rabbah, said that the economic and social cost caused by poor road safety in Morocco is around MAD 12 billion. The finding is based on analysis of the costs due to death and difficulties in the rehabilitation of victims
Rabah announced the economic costs of traffic accidents to the country in a speech delivered on the occasion of the signing of a partnership agreement in the field of road safety between the Ministry of Equipment and Transport, and the National Committee for the Prevention of traffic accidents, as well as with Renault – Morocco.
Rabah stressed, in this context, the ministry’s determination to tackle road safety, saying the ministry “will use all means and mechanisms to limit the damage that occurs due to traffic accidents on the roads.”
He pointed out that the ministry is planning to establish a body to regulate the safety of transport, based on international experience in the field of road safety, stressing that this body would provide the data and make recommendations capable of directing efforts towards more effective awareness on road safety.
Rabah revealed earlier that the number of traffic accidents in Morocco reached twenty thousand incidents, stressing that 80 per cent of those incidents “have nothing to do with infrastructure, but rather with human factor.