Come up with action plan to reduce road accidents: PM

Kathmandu, December 16

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today directed Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Basanta Kumar Nemwang and officials concerned to come up with an action plan to control the increasing number of road accidents across the country.

The PM today called a meeting to find a solution to the increasing road accidents in the country of late.

The prime minister directed the home minister, the minister of physical infrastructure and transport, secretary at home ministry, secretary at Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, chief of Nepal Police, Traffic Police head, director generals of Department of Roads and Department of Transport Management to make people follow traffic rules and improve the condition of roads.

“After reading the news about an infant losing its mother in a road accident yesterday, I have not been able to eat and sleep properly.

We are losing a large number of skillful human resources in road accidents.

Many children and elderly have been left alone to fend for themsleves. To stop all this, we must come up with an action plan,” said Oli.

PM Oli directed the bodies concerned to provide training to drivers of public vehicle.

He also the directed the authorities concerned to conduct written tests and trials for driving licence in a fair manner.

“Do not allow public vehicles to carry passengers more than the capacity and do not issue permit to ply the roads that are not safe or are still under construction,” he instructed.

The prime minister also directed them to strictly adopt road safety measures to avoid road accidents.

Further, PM Oli urged the ministries and their subordinate bodies to form an investigation committee to find out the real causes behind the increasing number of road accidents and submit a report along with recommendations.

Meanwhile, the home ministry has pledged to form a committee to prepare a report on road accidents that have occurred in the ongoing fiscal.