In December 2014, research initiated by the National Institute for Strategic Studies was presented on the topic “Volumes of Car Accidents in the Kyrgyz Republic and Measures to be Taken”.

A key finding of the research is that economic loss resulting from road traffic collisions is at 3.64% of GDP annually. This calculation has been done for the first time by Jyrgalbek Sharshenviev, a Doctor of Technical Science and Director of the Technical and Economic College.

Jyrgalbek Sharshenviev

Many statistics were presented also by EASST partner Chinara Kasmambetova, Director of Road Safety NGO in Kyrgyzstan. For example, over the last decade more than 10,000 people have died on the roads in the Kyrgyz Republic with more than 45,000 road traffic collisions registered. Figures for the years 2007 and 2013 showed the most deaths. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Kyrgyzstan has the second worst mortality rate per 100,000 population in the European region.

An in-depth analysis has been conducted by lawyer and anti-corruption expert Andrey Dogadin. His observations were:  an absence of understanding and a ambiguity between several ministries and local administrations on road safety management; a lack of clarity on technical regulations; an absence of state policy on modernisation of transport infrastructure taking into account safety risks; inadequate financing of road infrastructure; domination of administrative decisions above economic; and shortcomings of legislation and professional specialists.

As a result, more than 40 recommendations have been suggested and the research will be made available to the Kyrgyz Government.

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