he Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) on Thursday 9th July, 2015 popularized its operations in the Western Rural District of Waterloo and Tombo by engaging stakeholders on the essence of road safety.
The event was held at the Tombo Lorry Park.
SLRSA’s Public Relations Officer, Abdul Karim Dumbuya, admonished drivers and bike riders to adhere to the rules and regulations of the SLRSA as well as disclosing that SLRSA will be holding annual award ceremonies to recognized the best park that adheres to the road safety rules.
He said the criteria include updating of their vehicles and motorbikes; drivers and riders licenses, adherence to road signs and road safety messages.
He said most of the vehicles and motorbikes plying the Waterloo-Tombo route are unlicensed and do not update their records.
“SLRSA now has an outlet along the Waterloo-Masiaka Highway,” he said, adding that the SLRSA is moving closer to the stakeholders for ease of service delivery.
He further stated that the Authority is trying to establish offices nationwide to reduce the burden of drivers and bike riders going to the headquarters to regularize their status.
The Head of Vehicle Examiners, Daniel Katabie, said accident rate is on the increase, especially in Waterloo, due to the rainy season; though he noted that some of the accidents are preventable.
The Traffic Warden’s Administrative Secretary, Alimamy Sesay, said people should see traffic wardens as partners in development enforcing traffic regulations to reduce accidents.
SLRSA License Department’s Director, Ibrahim Sagbah, reiterated that drivers and bike riders are stakeholders and partners in the development of the Authority and the country. He said they are mandated to prevent unlicensed vehicles and drivers from plying the streets for which they have simplified the issuance of licenses and other documents.
“The Authority is on a rebranding process and deploying its personnel nationwide to enforce road safety for which I am appealing to all to adhere to the Authority’s best practices,” he said.
The President of the Sierra Leone Motor Drivers Union, Alpha Bah, admonished his colleagues to always have their documents in their possession and be law abiding.