Unfailing compliance with the traffic rules, speed limits and simultaneous strengthening of responsibility and control – all these are steps enabling to improve the situation on Ukrainian roads. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stressed during a government meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as the departments of the National Police.
Participants of the meeting noted that over six months in Ukraine there took place over 68 thousand traffic accidents, which killed 1237 people. Dozens thousands victims. "When I read the reports about the death toll, there are whole families, children, it's terrible", said Volodymyr Groysman. "We will strengthen the operational control over transport, including carriers. They must understand that they deal with conveyance of real people but not with transportation of bricks."
The Head of Government stressed that risk of accidents, this may sound strange, grows as the road conditions improve. Drivers fail to abide by speed limit. And this is one of the main causes of accidents. That's why, stressed Volodymyr Groysman, this year we have embarked on active implementation of the program "500-500-1000", which envisages the construction of safety islands on motor roads, safe crosswalks, roundabouts.
The next step will be strict control of the state of vehicles, including municipal and interurban transport. "In the regions, it is well known who is legal and who is an illegal carrier. The responsibility of the regional leaders must be strengthened. I will address the heads of the RSA to respond more strictly to violations of the conditions of passenger conveyance", said the Prime Minister. "Meanwhile, it is necessary to deepen the analytics about the accidents, which ended in death, and to hand over these findings to all patrol teams. Ukrtransbezpeka in coordination with the National Police and the Patrol Police should involve the entire personnel, even executives, to counteract traffic accidents."
The Head of Government also reminded that several bills aimed to tighten safety of traffic had been sumbmitted to the Parliament. Volodymyr Groysman insists those should be considered as urgent.
"Those who follows Rafferty’s rules on roads must be punished severely. A decent driver won’t be affected", the PM assured. "My driving instructor used to warn: "Guys, follow the traffic rules. They are written in blood." If there are rules, there must be tight controls, especially when it comes to transport."
According to the National Police of Ukraine data, for the first half of 2018, the number of accidents decreased by 10% as compared to the first half of 2017. However, there are days when the accident and death rates are extremely high. Among the most frequent violations that lead to deaths and injuries are overspeeding, violation of rules of maneuvering, rules for crossing roads by pedestrians, rules on intersections, insufficient distance between vehicles, entering an oncoming lane, and drink driving.
Since the beginning of 2018, Ukrtransbezpeka while inspecting roads has checked 46187 vehicles carrying passengers. According to the results of such inspections, 11,931 acts on violation of the requirements of motor transport legislation were drawn up. Since July 21, Ukrtransbezpeka together with the National Police of Ukraine, have begun thorough checks. In three days, as of July 24, 3,629 vehicles have been checked, 887 acts were drawn up. The main violations include lack of permissions stipulated by the legislation, violation by the drivers of the regime of work and rest, unsatisfactory technical condition.