The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) just held its 2nd Vehicle and Traffic Safety Conference at the SMX Convention Center. The event tackled road safety issues faced by trucking companies hired by CeMAP members.
For this year, CeMAP invited keynote speaker Dante Lantin, assistant secretary with the Department of Transportation and Communications, to give an update on the situation using data from 2012 gathered by the DOTC and concerned government agencies like the Land Transportation Office and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
Here are the figures you might be interested to know:
13 million - Total driver's licenses issued
7,463,393 - Total motor vehicles registered
270,000km - Total length of roads nationwide
132,089 - Violators of the Seatbelt Use Act
90% - Motorcycle riders in Metro Manila that follow the Helmet Law
90% - Motorcycle riders outside of Metro Manila that don't follow the Helmet Law
79% - Road crash fatalities caused by driver error
11% - Road crash fatalities caused by defective vehicles
10% - Road crash fatalities caused by bad road conditions and ill-maintained roads
16% - Road crashes caused by trucks in the first half of 2013
12% - Road crashes caused by trucks in 2012
7.5% - Percentage of the Road Users Tax collected annually that will be allotted for road safety measures
"Our target by 2020 is to reduce by 50% the number of fatalities due to road crashes," Lantin said at the end of his presentation.
Do you believe that this is an achievable--or realistic--goal for the government?