Togo: Road accidents increased slightly in 2022

Friday, 24 February 2023 02:53
Togo: Road accidents increased slightly in 2022

(Togo First) - The number of road accidents recorded in Togo slightly increased over the past year. From 7,392 in 2021, the figure stood at 7,507 in 2022 (+1.5%), according to a report presented by the ministry of safety and road protection, and the ministry of road, rails and air transport on 21 February 2023.

Last year, the sources added, 683 people died in road accidents, and 9,918 people were injured. This is compared to 680 killed and 9,376 injured in 2021.

With respect to crime, the two ministries reported 17 cases of robbery in 2022. The thieves stole more than CFA16 million, and some equipment. Also, 11 burglaries were reported to the security forces, with nearly CFA16.5 million worth of jewelry and other goods gone.

To reduce the number of road accidents, the government is doubling down on its efforts. Last Wednesday, the Council of Ministers issued a decree regulating the profession of truck drivers. This is after adopting, last December,  a draft bill aimed at providing the transport sector with a new legal framework to guarantee the safety and security of users.

A few years ago, the authorities introduced a ban on the night movement of public transport cars of more than 12 seats that travel between Togolese towns. The ban also applied to trucks equipped with trailers or semi-trailers to move goods. 

Esaïe Edoh

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