(Business in Cameroon) - Over the past eight years, 22,314 road accidents occurred in Cameroon with a death toll of 8,669, an average of 1,000 killed per year. This was reported by Issa Tchiroma (photo), the communication minister and government spokesperson, during a press conference held December 5, in Yaoundé.
Persons involved in accidents are mostly drivers without license or other transport passes, conducting “clandos” (local private cars used for public transport) and “opeps”, sometimes without registration plates etc.
Generally, “clandos” travel from one city to another without waybill or requested transport note. Plus, they ride outside authorized areas. “Without any doubt, the characteristics of these vehicles are to be questioned amid this rise of road accidents and death toll due to the higher number of vehicles of that sort,” Issa Tchiroma argued.
In the face of such situation, the minister calls upon the national anti-illegal road transport unit to take all necessary corrective measures. The Cameroonian Prime Minister plans collaboration with the communication department and all sectorial administrations involved in road transport especially the transport ministry and the territorial administration ministry. The goal is to conduct a vast communication campaign to raise awareness among shareholders and populations about the public and societal dangers of illegal road transport.
One of the main objectives is to bring at least 80% of sector players to comply with requirements that run the Cameroonian transport sector, by December 2020, to significantly reduce illegal transport-related accidents.