Namibia

Situation

Like many low-middle-income countries, Namibia has an unacceptably large number of road traffic deaths, with approximately more than 23 people per every 100,000 people killed in road crashes.*

Although Ethiopia has extensive road safety legislation, enforcement is extremely low especially in the drink-driving law and child restraints usage law. The lead agency has not set an ambitious target in fatality reduction – just 5% until 2020*. Nevertheless, GRSP is contributing to the road safety situation through targeted road safety interventions with the commercial vehicle sector in Namibia. This will reflect on a regional level because it is a country on a major transport route within the Trans African Highway Network.

(*WHO 2015)

GRSP activities

Activities

Advocacy:
Supporting advocacy for the Traffic Amendment Act to strengthen road safety around schools.

Grantees:
Six grants have been awarded to civil society organizations to advocate for the passage and implementation of evidence-based road safety policies.

Programmes

Road Safety Grants Programme

The grants programme supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based interventions designed to strengthen road safety policies and their implementation.

Road user groups

Children:

With around 186 300 children under 18 years die from road traffic crashes annually, it is unacceptable that some countries still do not have legislation regarding obligatory usage and set safety standards for child restraints.

Pedestrians:

With more than 270 000 pedestrians killed on roads each year, they account to almost a quarter of all road traffic casualties annually. Certain roads, especially in low and middle income countries, completely fail to separate road users from the rest of the road users, which put them in imminent danger.

Risk factors

child_restraint
speed

Members Collaboration

IFRC engagement

Website Carrying out RS activites Interested in expanding RS work
Namibia Red Cross Yes Yes

National laws

Lead agency: National Road Safety Council

Speed limit law

Motorcycle helmet law

Child restraint law

Drug-driving law

Drink-driving law

Seat-belt law

Mobile phones while driving law

Crash data

Annual road fatalities

551

Fatalities per 100K pop. per year

23.9

Population

2,303,315

Estimated GDP loss

not available

Registered vehicles

280,583

Income group

Upper-middle*

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