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Cabinet to propose amendments to Traffic Act for safer roads

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 09/01/2020

Road safety is one of the key priorities of the current Government and the PM says Cabinet has approved amendments and agreed with a proposed bill from the Tonga Transport Sector which operates under the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The Prime Minister Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa during his monthly program says the people’s safety is paramount while travelling on the roads and his cabinet has approved amendments to the current act.

The amendments include, prohibiting drivers to use their mobile phones for texting or for any other reason while driving on the road.

He adds Cabinet also agreed to a new proposed bill from the Ministry for the public to be implemented if passed by the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, for the passengers and drivers to wear their seatbelt while they are on the road.

Hon. Prime Minister says Tongans abroad are familiar with this proposed amendment to the laws as they are also implemented in many countries abroad and are very strict with the seat belt legislation which aims at minimizing injuries to the passengers and drivers in the event of a collision.

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