Road Safety in Morocco: 34% of Radars Are in Good Condition

Fez – Only 55 street radars out of Morocco’s 150 are in good condition and able to detect speed and track traffic violations. 80 radars are in the process of being repaired or connected, while 15 are unsuitable to work.Minister of Transportation and Equipment Aziz Rabbah revealed these statistics in an interview with Moroccan daily Akhbar Alyoum in its Thursday issue.According to the Minister, these radars are often “exposed to defects as a result of a number of accidents and sabotage.” In this regard, the Ministry has allocated MAD 4 million to repair the non-functional radars. To strengthen the system of traffic monitoring and surveillance, Rabbah noted that the Ministry presented a public procurement notice to receive proposals from companies that sell, operate, and maintain radars to buy 200 new ones. The Minister adds that these radars “will be ready to operate in mid 2015.”The Ministry will introduce a new monitoring plan in which 175 controllers will be available to conduct abrupt technical monitoring missions. In addition to controlling drivers’ abilities and the extent to which drivers respect the road laws, the Ministry also intends to intensify inspection operations of technical surveillance centers for vehicles.For reasons of transparency, Rabbah revealed the Ministry’s plan to to regulate drivers’ licenses centers by installing cameras in all circuits of practical exams “to monitor all recorded flaws.”Traffic accident statistics for 2013 show that the number of fatalities reached 3,705, a 8.63 percent decline compared to 2012. read more

Shiranis security withdrawn

He said the former CJ had also not lodged a complaint with the police saying she was under threat. The police spokesman added that all former Chief Justices had not been provided with police security. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Bandaranayake had on Tuesday said she feared for her life and was forced to quit her official residence because of the threat of violence. The AFP news agency quoted her as telling reporters from her car as she drove away from the Colombo residence that she also feared for the safety of her husband and son.“My life is in danger. The lives of all three of us are in danger,” she said. “I wasn’t even allowed to say my goodbyes to the people whom I worked with at the Supreme Court for over 16 years,” she said. The police security provided to former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has been withdrawn despite her claims that her life is under threat.Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that Bandaranayake was now an ordinary citizen and as such her police security including a police post outside her private residence had been withdrawn. read more