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23May

The National Transport Authority to be revamped

“The National Transport Authority (NTA) will be revamped in order for the Authority to play its regulatory role more effectively and become an efficient one-stop shop for matters relating to vehicle registration and licensing,” announced the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, at a press conference held in Port Louis yesterday.
Mr Bodha stressed the necessity for the NTA, which has to manage a fleet of 500,000 vehicles, to become more customer-friendly as the Authority is often perceived as corrupt and ‘not user-friendly’. The NTA, established under the Road Traffic Act in 1980, is a department operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport. It has, as main responsibility, the regulation and control of road transport in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
 
The press conference was also the opportunity for the Minister to present the activities that will be organised in the upcoming National Road Safety Month, scheduled from 21st May to 21st June 2016, aiming at sensitising the public on road safety. Mr Bodha urged the media to promote, and collaborate in this initiative which will see the participation of various stakeholders both from the public and private sectors.
 
The National Road Safety Month will kick off on Saturday 21st May with a march and roadshow from the Municipal Council of Quatre Bornes to that of Rose-Hill. Among the other 36 activities to be held throughout the Month are reinforcement of road checks and road safety patrols; distribution of stickers, pamphlets, booklets and other sensitisation materials; roadshows across the country; clips on road safety to be played in smart buses equipped with LED TV; programmes on Road Safety on the national Television and Radios; and a series of events targeting primary and secondary school students.
 
During the press conference, the Minister also elaborated on the forthcoming implementation of improvements to infrastructure and traffic management measures with a view to enhance the sharing of road space among road users and protect the most vulnerable ones, namely pedestrians, and autocycle and motorcycle riders. Mr Bodha said that the assistance of the Finance Ministry has been sought for the implementation of a pavement programme for the construction of some 200km required pavements in Mauritius.
 
As regards autocycle and motorcycle riders, the Minister spoke of the coming into operation of motorcycle training schools for new road users as well as the introduction of age-graduated driver licensing project. “A national motorcycle safety campaign will be launched soon with the objectives of raising awareness of autocycle and motorcycle riders on their vulnerability and encouraging them to take precautions to stay alert, and careful when riding,” added the Minister.


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