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TOWARDS A SAFE AND SECURE FESTIVE SEASON
16/12/13
TOWARDS A SAFE AND SECURE FESTIVE SEASON

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE BY BOTSWANA POLICE SERVICE (BPS), DEPARTMENT OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND SAFETY (DRTS), MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT FUND (MVA FUND) AND BOTSWANA BUS OPERATORS ASSOCIATION (BOBOA) TOWARDS A SAFE AND SECURE FESTIVE SEASON.
As part of a series of meetings and engagements with key stakeholders urging people to take part in the 60 Days of Action on Crime and Road Safety, the Botswana Police Service, Department of Road Transport and Safety, and Motor Vehicle Accident Fund held a joint meeting with Botswana Bus Operators Association at Maharaja Conference Centre on Monday (09/12/13) to discuss the unfortunate recent developments where public service vehicles (buses) were involved in road crashes, resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities.
Bus and Taxi Association representatives appreciated the challenges they are facing and assured the stakeholders of their support during this critical time where movement of people will be heightened. 
In concluding the deliberations, all the stakeholders collectively agreed to work together to ensure a safe and secure mobility during the festive period by undertaking, among others, the following;
Bus Operators obligation and responsibility
• Avoid by all cost over loading of passengers
• Reduce on the number of standing passengers in long distance buses
• Ensuring that all buses are road worthy
• Obeying all road rules including adherence to laid down speed limits
• Give customer care to all the passengers
• Tagging luggage for easy owner identification
• Reduction of driving hours of drivers to avoid fatigue
Road Safety Stakeholders (BPS, DRTS, & MVA Fund) obligation and responsibility
• Ensure removal of cattle roaming the roads
• Take action on piracy by private vehicles
• Give public education on driver fatigue, drink driving, and slow moving vehicles
• Ensure broken down vehicles are not left unattended along the highways
• Conduct examination of vehicles for road worthiness whenever necessary
• Intensify enforcement of the Road Traffic and Road Transport Permit Acts
• Regulate following distance by articulated vehicles and conform to the driving times
• Check origin and destination of drivers to encourage rests and avoid fatigue
On behalf of the aforementioned stakeholders, we would like to urge all road users, particularly passengers to do their critical part and take their individual responsibility to ensure that they travel safely during this busy and often challenging period. We urge travellers to avoid hitch hiking. Let us be encouraged to saver modes of travel.

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