Morocco: Govt works to reduce motor accident fatalities
Source: Middle East Insurance Review | Mar 2020
The authority aims to reduce the number of road accident deaths in Morocco to below 1,900 a year by 2026, said media reports. The number currently stands at more than 3,000.
The number of road accident deaths dropped by 2.9% between 2018 and 2019, while the number of severe injuries fell by 3.35%, Morocco’s head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani revealed.
The majority of road accidents happen in urban areas and cause an annual economic loss of nearly 2.5% to Morocco’s GDP, he added. The statistics were presented during a meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Road Safety in January, reported Morocco World News.
The improvement in road safety indicators in 2019 should encourage the continuation of the national road safety strategy, said Mr El Othmani.
The government is working with several institutions to provide basic infrastructure to promote road safety and to mobilise the financial resources necessary to maintain existing roads and build new ones, he said.
Over the last decade, around 3,500 people lost their lives in road accidents each year, while 12,000 sustained severe injuries annually. M