Press release

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport announces formation of a Road Safety & Advisory Committee

December 17, 2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport following consultations announces the formation of a Road Safety & Advisory Committee which will be chaired by the Minister responsible for Transport.

The Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Seychelles Media Commission, Seychelles Police Department, Seychelles Public Transport Corporation, Road Transport Commission, Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Department of Transport, Insurers Association of Seychelles, Seychelles Car Hire Operators Association, Drugs and Alcohol Council, Seychelles Licensing Authority, Citizen Engagement Platform Seychelles, Seychelles Land Transport Agency,  and the Seychelles Taxi Operators Association, have each nominated a member to the committee, and further indicating their full support of the initiative.

 Minister Joël Morgan when inviting participation wrote, “Seychelles has always aimed at having policies with the intent of reducing the number and severity of road accidents; we have always aspired towards a safe country where the community remains aware of the importance of road safety.  To achieve this, it is imperative that all stakeholders work together with the same zeal, effort and aspiration.”

It should be recalled that at the 2nd High Level Conference on Road Safety held in Brasilia, Brazil, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, held on the 18th through the 19th of November 2015, and attended by Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport, representing Minister Joël Morgan, fully supported the recommendations brought forward by all participants so that globally fatalities brought about by road accidents can be reduced.  Another recommendation was to consider children when designing roads and urban planning understanding that through the eyes of children, that their understanding and appreciation of dangers and risks is much different than that of an adult.

The Department of Transport at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport uses this opportunity to remind motorists to not drink and drive and to arrive at their destination safe and sober, especially during this Christmas and New Year period.