By Azania Post Reporter
THE government has installed computerized vehicle monitoring system on Tanzania’s Central corridor highway in order to control movement of public transport buses and reduce unnecessary accidents.
Speaking to Azania Post in an interview Johansen Kahatano who is the director for road transport regulation at Surface Marine and Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) said already the system has been installed to buses plying between Dar to Singida highway.
He said similar system would be installed between Mwanza, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga routes later on this month.
Kahatano said the installed system would enable Sumatra to control speed of the passenger buses hence minimize accidents which claims lives of Tanzanians.
According to the authority more than 200 highway passenger buses have been installed with the system since project started.
The technology refers to a system for improving the supervision and coordination of transportation of highway passenger buses so as to provide reliable and efficient operations.
The system can go as far as to provide information for purposes of route and schedule planning, maintenance management, and operating statistics, and can provide the basic data for real time passenger information services.
Tanzania has been incurring heavy losses of its manpower due to recurring road carnage resulting to deaths, injuries, disabilities and loss of property with road accidents being the major contributor accounting for almost 70 per cent.
The existing measures to limit over-speeding has not shown major contribution to the road safety as there are only countable inspection points with speed radar guns as a way to limit over-speeding. There is no doubt that there is need to improve the quality and attractiveness of public road transport services.
For an existing service, there are basically two ways that this can be accomplished. One is to provide better vehicles and facilities and the other is through improved operations.
In the last two decades the main emphasis with respect to bus services has been to improve the fleet, and today's bus fleets are undoubtedly far superior to their predecessors' air conditioning, advanced suspensions, and attractive interiors now being commonplace. However, relatively little has been done to improve the operations of bus systems, primarily because the technology to do so was not available.