RTOS directed to patrol major roads around-the-clock

COMMISSIONER for Operations and Training of the Tanzania Police Force, Awadhi Haji Awadhi, has directed Regional Traffic Officers (RTOs) countrywide to patrol the main roads day and night to avert road accidents.

The order comes in the wake of recent government’s decision to allow  upcountry buses to travel from 3am, unlike previously when all buses were supposed to leave terminals from 6am.

Three weeks ago, when adjourning the 11th session of the 12th Parliament in Dodoma, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced to lift the long-standing ban on upcountry bus travelling at night.

CP Awadhi made the directive yesterday in Dar es salaam when gracing a three-day training of RTOs and vehicle inspectors.

The training was coordinated by Superdoll which also deployed its specialised road safety experts and invited experts from French multinational tyre manufacturing company, Michelin to train the officers.

More than 100 police officers across the country attended the training which intended to build capacity among the police officers on road safety issues to  combat road accidents in the country.

“Go and strengthen control including by patrolling the highways…use the vehicles you have to ensure that the patrol becomes permanent day and night,” CP Awadh underlined.

In particular, CP Awadhi urged the RTOs and Vehicle Inspectors to put in place a work plan that aims to combat road accidents all the times considering that the government allowed up-country buses to travel during night.

Moreover, he instructed them to continue to effectively enforce the law, especially in controlling the causes of accidents including driver’s negligence, speeding, drunkenness and all indicators of dangerous driving.

For his part, Chairman of the Super Group of Companies including Superdoll, Mr Seif Ally Seif commended President Samia Suluhu Hassan for showing commitment in fighting road accidents.

“The main goal is to reduce road accidents, and President Samia  wants to see accidents decrease in the country and we say it is possible to reduce road accidents, what we need to do is to come together to ensure road accidents are decreased in the country,” he emphasised.

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