Lawmaker demands for regulation of truck drivers in Juba

Lawmaker demands for regulation of truck drivers in Juba
Chaos, laughter and confusion rocked Parliament when a committee was told that some pages on a critical bill ‘disappeared’.

The Member of Parliament raised concerns over the surge in a number of traffic accidents caused by foreign water truck drivers in Juba.

Khalid Abdullah stated in a parliamentary session held Monday that most of the trucks are carelessly driven, adding that action needs to be taken to protect lives at risk.

“The gravity of the situation cannot be overlooked, prompting a call for immediate action to regulate and monitor the activities of these drivers more effectively. It is evident that a comprehensive approach is needed to ensure the safety of the residents in Juba amidst the growing concerns over the reckless behaviour exhibited by the foreign water tank drivers operating within the city,” he said.

He claimed that drivers knock pedestrians with impunity because they seem to prefer paying blood compensation to continue with operations.

He said that it is the role of the Parliament to protect the citizens and the issue must be treated as an emergency.

“I strongly believe that it is the primary responsibility of the duly authorised parliament in South Sudan to safeguard its citizens from the reckless and unethical behaviours exhibited by foreign drivers,” he said, adding that there is a need for strict measures to prevent such injustices.

According to the global status report on road safety 2023 from by WHO, vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists remain dangerously exposed.

The report estimated that there were 23.3 road traffic deaths per 100,000 people in South Sudan.