Safety online portal launched
The National Road Safety Council(NRSC) launched an online Road Safety Information Management System(RSIMS) last week in Windhoek where all vehicle and driver road accidents history will be available.
NRSC Executive Secretary Eugene Tendekule said at the launch of the online portal that the accidents are available once entered instantly and is accessible at at http://www.rsims.vvholdings.com. The Ministry of Works and Transport, Roads Authority Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, NAMPOL are just some of the organisations linked to the system and up to 42 traffic officers have been trained on the use of the system to facilitate the training of other road safety officials. The council’s road safety researcher, Laina Shigwedha said that the instant access to road collision data will make for better informed decisions as to the specific matters concerning road safety or particular sections of the road network. The National Road Safety Council is mandated to collect and analyse road crash data in the country in order to identify underpinning causes and suggest the necessary remedial interventions to improve the situation in the country. The system is accessible to the public, further information will need accreditation from the relevant authority. Meanwhile earlier in June the council announced that safety education will for the first time be taught to pupils from grades 1 to 3 and will see 236 teachers and school administrators get training to have the necessary knowledge about safety on the roads.