The Second work coordination meeting of National Road Safety Council (NRSC) was held yesterday morning in the Ministry of Transport and Communications meeting hall in Nay Pyi Taw and was attended by the NRSC Chairman Vice President U Henry Van Thio, NRCS Vice Chairmen Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe and U Thant Sin Maung, Union Ministers U Ohn Win, Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo, Mayors of Mandalay, Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, Chairman of Pyithu Hluttaw Committee on Transport, Communication & Construction, officials from Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Myanmar Engineering Society, Deputy Ministers, secretaries of NRSC sub-committees and officials.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio said today’s meeting was held to review the implementation of National Road Safety Action (2014-2020) and formulate future processes for success. Programs need to be drawn up and implemented to reduce road accident and fatalities first and totally eliminated later on to achieve road safety and will be successful only with the cooperation of the people. Threats to road safety are huge and increasing and the world is putting great emphasis on road safety to contain these threats. In Myanmar, the National Road Safety Action Plan (2014-2020) has been drawn and implemented.
Next, the Vice President added that the implementation of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 is based on the five processes of supervising road safety, safer roads and vehicle movement, safer vehicles, safer road users and quick response to road accidents.
For the success of these processes, there is a need to train and educate road users, enact vehicle and traffic rules and providing encouragement, inspecting and taking action to obey the rules. There also is a need to inspect the vehicle usage, maintenance and installation of safety measures while proper design of roads, laying roads up to standard and regular road maintenance are required to be done without fail.
Furthermore, Road Safety Councils for Nay Pyi Taw Council, States and Regions were formed and Road Safety Task Forces were also formed to coordinate the processes in the Action Plan. Those attending the meeting were urged to study the explanations given, discuss and suggest together with new ideas, new plans and new ways of thinking in order to formulate work processes – that are relevant to the prevailing situation of the country – and could be implemented effectively and speedily. Departments, organizations and officials that have the main responsibility for Road Safety need to cooperate earnestly. National Road Safety will succeed only with the cooperation of the people and the people must be educated and persuaded for their active cooperation.
Afterwards NRSC Vice Chairman Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe explained about national road safety matters and NRSC Vice Chairman Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung explained about 2016 work processes of NRSC.
Management sub-committee, education, inspection and enforcement sub-committee, research and health sub-committee and financial sub-committee secretaries then explained about implementation of the first meeting’s decisions. Road Safety Council Chairmen of Nay Pyi Taw Council, States and Regions then explained about work done on road safety and implementing status of the work processes.
Next, NRSC secretary Road Transport Administration Department Director General U Zaw Min Oo explained about the implementing processes, implementing departments and organizations on the suggestions in Suu Foundation Report and the findings of the workshop jointly held by Suu Foundation and Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Those attending the meeting discussed in general on national safety matters to which the Vice President provided additional discussions. Vice President U Henry Van Thio added further to urge for establishing financial regulations to set up and properly utilize a Road Safety Fund and relevant sub-committee and ministries to cooperate and implement the road safety education of basic education level students.
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