“Samopomich” deputies took up the issue of road safety neglected by the authorities

Every year more than 5,000 people are killed on the roads of Ukraine: these are mostly young people and children; tens of thousands are injured. Despite this terrible fact, no one in the country is held responsible for the lost and crippled lives. This was said at a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada by MP from “Samopomich”, chairman of the subcommittee on Security of Road Traffic of the Transport Committee, Ihor Didenko.

“In Ukraine, 12 people die every day. Other negative indicators are 2-3 times higher than in Europe. And nothing is done about this; our appeals to the Prime Minister have been ignored. Therefore, we have initiated the bill 4275 elaborated together with the World Bank on the basis of high-quality European research. In order to manage the security we need a coordination point which will join the efforts of the Cabinet of Ministers, the departments and local councils to try and save the lives of Ukrainians every day,” he said.

The deputy has noted that in the last six months nothing has been allocated for the repair of roads from the budget, residual financing of the road sector has led to the fact that the technical condition of roads is almost critical. Nevertheless, lacking only three votes yesterday the Parliament failed the bill on establishment of a special road fund which could consolidate all related to the transportation receipts and send them for repair and maintenance of the infrastructure.

According to Ihor Didenko, such a situation is not acceptable for a country aspiring to become a part of the European Union; moreover, the Europeans themselves are doing their best to bring the Ukrainian legislation to the appropriate level. The bill 4275 is designed based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization, World Bank, UN agencies. In particular, Adviser on Road Traffic Strategic Policy of the EU Advisory Mission has acknowledged that this bill is a huge step forward and pledged full support in its implementation.

“Mortality and disability caused by road accidents are influenced by many factors: by both bad roads and high-quality roads lacking any regulations (this is when a driver is trying to “catch up” on the time lost while driving on a bad road), as well as by the critical state of health infrastructure. We have forgotten about such important things like air medical service, and training the police to provide emergency medical assistance – since of all the services running on the roads, these are the police that are the fastest, and very often people’s lives depend on them of all others,” said “Samopomich” MP Lev Pidlisetskyi, co-author of the bill.

“It is necessary to emphasize that we are not creating another State Automobile Inspectorate. On the contrary, in order to prevent a conflict of interest, it is offered to distribute the powers that have always belonged to one body. In all countries the police are in charge of administrative offences, while everything else – elaboration of programs, permits, regulatory documentation – refers to the competence of the bodies that deal with infrastructure issues,” said Ihor Didenko.

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