Reviewing public transport laws

Transport plays a significant role in the social and economic development of any country.

07 November 2019 | Infrastructure

Adelheid Kandjala; Special advisor; “We have lost valuable lives due to negligence on our national roads.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

A consultative meeting hosted by the Erongo regional council and the Ministry of Works and Transport on the public passenger road transport bill, brought stakeholders together in Swakopmund.

According to the special advisor to the Erongo regional governor, Adelheid Kandjala who spoke on behalf of Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua, government recognises infrastructure development as one of its five priority areas for socio-economic development.

“The effectiveness of the role played by transport is often dictated by the soundness of the transport policy as well as strategies used in implementing the policy,” she said, adding that it is important to revise public policies on a continuous basis.

“Public policy cannot be static; it must be dynamic. It must be perceptive to the environment within which it operates. This consultative meeting demonstrates the effectiveness of public consultation in policy-making. Therefore I applaud the works ministry and all stakeholders but especially the Erongo Road Safety Forum, for leading us in the right direction.”

Kandjala said that improving efficiency in public transport should not only be considered to keep costs down, but that it provides a flexible framework so that the less fortunate can use public transport with confidence and comfort.

“The failure of conventional public transport may generate a burgeoning small vehicle paratransit sector that can contribute to maintaining accessibility. It may however have adverse consequences such congestion and have an impact on air quality and urban structures. Without adequate regulation, the effects can be damaging.”

Kandjala said that public road transport could bring many benefits to individuals, communities, and the local economy, but all too often this sector is neglected. “We tend to focus on air and rail passenger issues, whilst public road transportation and fixed route transit services continue to be much more efficient and beneficial to get people from one place to another.”

She added that public road transport has become a death trap for many citizens.

“Therefore reviewing and adding much needed clauses in public policy will alert everyone of the importance of the public passenger road transport and law enforcement measures. We have lost valuable lives due to neglecting on our national roads. It is therefore of utmost importance that we relook at our policy and pay due diligence to the course of these unfortunate state of affairs.”