iRAP congratulates the Ugandan Government and stakeholders on the release of Uganda’s National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan for 2021-2026 with 3-star or better targets set, in line with UN Global Road Safety Performance Targets 3 and 4.

The comprehensive strategy supported by a UGX124Bn (USD$33M) budget for safer road infrastructure includes a range of actions, alongside their relevant performance indicator, responsible entity and budget. The following table also includes how the iRAP methodology, tools, training and programme support can assist the government’s five year plan.

 

STRATEGY ACTION / INTERVENTION PERFORMANCE INDICATOR & OUTPUT RESPONSIBLE ENTITY/S BUDGET (UGX) HOW IRAP CAN HELP
Update the 2004 Road Safety Audit (RSA) Manual to tighten missing tools in follow up on suggested actions to improve road safety. Percentage of audits completed and updated RSA Manual MoWT  2Bn
Update the 2010 MoWT Road Design Manuals/ specifications to incorporate road safety best practices and innovations in road design. Road Safety Manuals developed; Road Design
Manuals/ Specifications updated
MoWT  4Bn
Enforce mandatory road safety audits from feasibility
to detailed design and during construction using independent and accredited experts to ensure a minimum standard of 3 star rating or better for all
road users. Certificate of Road Safety Compliance should be mandated for all road designs.
Number of RSAs undertaken. Number of Road Safety
Compliance Certificates issued.
MoWT, UNRA, LG, KCCA  5Bn
Undertake regular road safety inspections on all existing roads to identify safety risks and set a minimum safety performance standard for
existing roads.
Number of roads inspected. MoWT, UNRA, LG, KCCA  5Bn
Develop a black-spot management program that involves the identification, analysis, treatment, and evaluation of counter measures at hazardous
locations on the road network.
Number of black spots inspected and addressed MoWT, UNRA, LG, KCCA  5Bn
Implement safe school zone management program to
manage safety at identified schools located along the
road after carrying out a risk assessment.
School Zone Management programme developed and in
place
MoWT, UNRA, LG, KCCA  2Bn
Enhance adoption of new technologies and initiatives in ensuring safer roads. Number of initiatives/technology ideas brought up and adopted MoWT, UNRA, LG, KCCA  40Bn
Road Safety Skills transfer among road designer, implementers and inspectors Road safety training to personnel in road planning,
design, supervision and Audit.
MoWT, UNRA, LG, KCCA

 4Bn

In the report’s foreword, The Hon. Edward Katumba-Wamala, Minister of Works and Transport Uganda acknowledged, “The number of crashes and crash fatalities on our roads remains unacceptably high, with an estimated 12,589 and 4159 respectively as reported in the Annual Traffic and Crime Report by the Uganda Police Force (UPF) in 2021.

“More than half of these fatalities are among vulnerable road users: pedestrians, passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists. Improving safety on our roads is, therefore, critically important for us to achieve sustainable development and the fight against poverty.

“Government is committed and has already started implementation of a number of interventions to address road safety in collaboration with other stakeholders. The National Road Safety Action Plan has been developed in consultation with all relevant stakeholders to set out a coordinated effort for implementation of road safety interventions for the next five years, as a guiding tool geared at contributing to the prevention and reduction of road crashes by 25%.

“Uganda is committed to the implementation of actions needed to achieve that target and we pledge our readiness to work with all stakeholders in Government, the Private Sector and Non–government Organisations as we embark on the 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety by acting boldly and decisively during the implementation of actions that are evidence–based and in line the Global Plan of Action on Road Safety 2021-2030,” Mr Katumba-Wamala outlined.

This is the first five-year National Road Safety Action Plan for Uganda for the second period of the Global Action 2021-2030. At the end of the Five-Year period, a review will be conducted and, based on its findings, a new action plan will be developed for the rest of the years to 2030.

iRAP and its more than 180 local partners in Uganda have already assessed 2,577km and 110km of designs and 3 schools, influencing the safety of more than USD$150.8 million of road infrastructure investment. Over 48 people have been trained at  events held in-country and nearly 200 have received training on-line. Seven practitioners are already iRAP accredited to support delivery of the National Strategy actions and outputs.

According to iRAP’s Safety Insights Explorer, achieving greater than 75% of travel on 3-star or better roads for all road users by 2030 in Uganda stands to save an estimated 5,314 lives every year and more than 1.8 million lives and serious injuries over the 20-year life of treatments with an economic benefit of over USD$14.4 billion – an amazing $55 for every $1 spent.

The iRAP methodology is free for all countries to use, with our Global Infrastructure KPIs providing the policy road map and recommended metrics for measuring success. 

Uganda joins the growing list of countries setting 3-star or better target commitments in their national and regional road safety strategies, road infrastructure projects and funding schemes. See other inspirational policy examples here.

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