Egypt's road accidents plunge 41.1% since 2014: Cabinet

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Nov 2019

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File photo: Egypt's road accidents (Al-Ahram)

Road accidents in Egypt plunged 41.1 percent to hit 8,480 accidents in 2018, down from 14,403 accidents in 2014, an infograph by the Egyptian cabinet showed.

There has been a yearly decline in the number of road accidents, according to the infograph. There were 11,098 accidents in 2017, 14,710 in 2016, and 14,548 in 2015.

Deaths due to accidents slumped 50.5 percent from 2014 to 2018, recording 3,087 deaths in 2018, down from 6,236 in 2014.

The infograph showed that the country has advanced 90 positions in the past five years in the Road Quality Indicators, one of the components of the Global Competitiveness Index by the World Economic Forum.

Egypt ranked 28th in roads quality in 2019, up from 45th in 2018, 75th in 2017, 107th in 2016, 110th in 2015, and 118th in 2014.

The cabinet attributed the improved ranking to the mega road projects implemented by the country.

Deadly road accidents take place on a daily basis in Egypt due to poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

Egypt has allocated millions of pounds to developing and expanding road networks in recent years.

In 2017, the government passed a comprehensive traffic law to crack down on violators and enhance safety and security.

The law will go into effect in 2020.

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