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Malawi’s new National Road Safety Strategy 2022-2030 includes for Road Safety Audits to be completed for all new roads, and a minimum 3-Star iRAP Rating to be achieved for all road users.

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jacob Hara launched the Strategy in Chikwawa on 8 December commemorating African Road Safety Day, and said the Strategy will help to direct action to improve road safety in the country.

“The strategy has been aligned to the Second Decade of Action that aims at a 50% reduction in road traffic fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2030 in line with the global plan. To all stakeholders, I say let the availability of the National Road Safety Strategy be a guide to your activities not just a booklet.” Minister Hara said.

iRAP is working with the Ministry of Transport and Public Works of the Republic of Malawi (MTPW), local NGO Road Safety Alert Foundation (RoSAF) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to improve road infrastructure safety in the country.

We congratulate the Government of Malawi on the Strategy and its prioritisation of 3-star or better safety for all road users and look forward to supporting local and international partners in its implementation.

Download the Strategy HERE

Read more about iRAP’s work in Malawi HERE

According to iRAP’s Safety Insights Explorer, achieving UN Target 4 for greater than 75% of travel on 3-star or better roads for all road users in Malawi by 2030 stands to save an estimated 2,473 lives a year and 544,012 fatalities and serious injuries  over the 20-year life of road treatments with an economic benefit of USD$3.1 billion – $15.40 for every $1 spent.

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