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Cameroon starts pilot phase of intercity bus GPS tracking system

Cameroon starts pilot phase of intercity bus GPS tracking system

Paru le mardi, 28 septembre 2021 17:14

The Minister of Transport (Mint), Jean Ernest Masséna Ngalle Bibehè, launched the pilot phase of the centralized management and monitoring of intercity transport of people and goods. The project is conducted under the public-private partnership signed between the Mint and Camtrack-MTN on September 27, 2021.

"This device consists of a control of the biometric parameters of the drivers, the monitoring of intercity vehicles by GPS tracking, the monitoring of the external and internal environment of the vehicle with the help of intelligent cameras on board to detect dangerous practices," the minister explained. The ministry does not, however, specify how the project will be financed.

This solution, which is part of the innovative measures recommended by the Mint to reduce the number of road traffic accidents, reinforces the operational device consisting of mobile teams equipped with radars deployed on the ground to fight against road traffic accidents; it has proven its effectiveness in the transport of fuels. "For nearly 10 years, the Mint has not recorded any accidents in this sector of activity, although it is part of the road transport of goods classified as dangerous," says the department.

Road accidents have declined in Cameroon by 31% between 2011 and 2020, from 3,525 accidents and 1,697 deaths to 1,588 accidents and 633 deaths. However, compared to 2019, the number was higher in 2020. In 2019, 1,533 accidents were reported, with 627 deaths.

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