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Minister of Regional Development Nodar Javakhishvili

Georgia Has Double Fatal Car Accidents Compared to EU Standards

In Georgia, the number of fatal automobile accidents is twice the amount of average car crashes of the European countries, says the minister of Regional Development Nodar Javakhishvili.

As the signatory of the EU Association Agreement Georgia took on the responsibility of improving its indicators in many different sectors.

Minister of Regional Development Nodar Javakhishvili met with representatives of other ministries in Marriott today to discuss the country’s dire automobile accident stats.

Javakhishvili told the media that a 5-year Action Plan aimed at eliminating the number of car accidents in the country has been conceptualized.

“Road safety is a very important and painful issue globally and especially so for Georgia. In our country the number of fatal car accidents is twice the number of average automobile crashes of EU countries.”

Javakhishvili said the World Bank cooperated with the Ministry of Regional Development to create an Action Plan aimed at improving Georgia’s standing in road safety. A five-year strategy has been worked out for achieving the set goals within 2015-2020, the Minister said.

The 2015-2020 Action Plan for the National Strategy contains specific measures and new stricter regulations on roads, including replacing old public buses with new ones in Tbilisi starting 2016.