Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects safety measures along Yangon-Mandalay Expressway

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Nay Pyi Taw, Jan 7

Chairman of the National Road Safety Council Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected the measures taken for reduction of traffic and road accidents along the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway.

The Vice President, accompanied by Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Aung Soe and U Kyaw Myo, arrived at C Junction in Nay Pyi Taw at 6:30 pm yesterday morning and heard reports on measures taken for responses to road and traffic accidents, construction of recreation centres along the expressway and expansion of the expressway for reduction of accidents. The officer-in-charge of the expressway reported on raising funds for road and traffic safety and inspection of vehicles in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.

The Vice President said that the major cause of traffic accidents is speeding, and it has been discovered that the number of traffic accidents has decreased dramatically as speed limits have been imposed and pointed out that it is necessary to set up signboards for road safety along the expressway.

In conclusion, the Vice President highlighted the need to replant trees on the road divider and on both sides of the road properly before expansion as a pilot project for the upgrading.

Later, the Vice President visited the traffic control centre at the junction of Yangon-Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw expressways and inspected functions of the centre for traffic safety.

Afterwards, the vice president proceeded to the site of road paving between mile-posts 163 and 173.

Measures are being taken by the National Road Safety Council and the Ministry of Transport and Communications through monitoring vehicles registered in the entire country and radio frequency identification system.