Afghanistan Unveils Plan for Electronic Traffic Management on Major Highways

Afghanistan's General Directorate of Traffic unveils plan to implement electronic traffic management system on major highways, aiming to reduce accidents and improve road safety.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Afghanistan Unveils Plan for Electronic Traffic Management on Major Highways

Afghanistan Unveils Plan for Electronic Traffic Management on Major Highways

The General Directorate of Traffic in Afghanistan has prepared a plan to implement an electronic management system on five major highways that have witnessed the highest number of traffic incidents in the country. The plan, unveiled on April 22, 2024, aims to prevent accidents and improve traffic flow on these critical routes.

The highways targeted for the electronic management system include Kabul-Torkham, Kabul-Gardez, Kabul-Herat, Kabul-Faryab, and Kabul-Badakhshan. The Directorate's initiative will involve establishing vehicle management centers, installing electronic traffic signals, and deploying speed measuring devices along these routes.

Why this matters: The implementation of an electronic traffic management system on Afghanistan's major highways is a significant step towards reducing the alarming number of traffic incidents in the country. By leveraging technology to monitor and regulate traffic flow, the government aims to save lives and improve road safety for its citizens.

According to the head of Planning and Policy at the General Directorate of Traffic, control and surveillance police will be deployed to monitor traffic and report infractions on these highways. This measure is expected to enhance enforcement and encourage compliance with traffic regulations.

Citizens and drivers have emphasized the need for standardized traffic signals and measures to address the high number of incidents, particularly on the Kabul-Kandahar highway and in the Mahipar area. Earlier reports from the Directorate revealed that during the Eid al-Fitr holidays, there were 102 traffic incidents resulting in 50 deaths and 185 injuries, highlighting the urgency of implementing effective traffic management solutions.

The unveiling of the electronic traffic management plan comes as a response to the growing concerns over road safety in Afghanistan. "The installation of electronic systems on these highways will greatly contribute to reducing accidents and ensuring the safety of our citizens," stated an official from the General Directorate of Traffic. The Directorate remains committed to implementing modern solutions to tackle the country's traffic challenges and create safer roads for all.

Key Takeaways

  • Afghanistan to implement electronic traffic management on 5 major highways.
  • Aims to prevent accidents and improve traffic flow on critical routes.
  • Includes vehicle management centers, electronic signals, and speed measuring devices.
  • Deployment of control and surveillance police to monitor and enforce regulations.
  • Responds to high number of traffic incidents, deaths, and injuries on highways.