Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Aishath Nahula on Thursday launched its Helmet Distribution Program, in preparation of the mandate necessitating the protective gear when driving on Sinamale Bridge coming into effect on March 10.
While speaking at the program’s inauguration ceremony held at Maldives National University (MNU), Transport Minister stated that if people do not uphold their individual responsibilities, accidents would not lessen.
Minister Nahula articulated that tragic scenes and voices are now commonplace and called for as much solidarity as possible in working to solve the crises.
The rate of accidents escalated since the opening of Sinamale Bridge in November 2018. Dangerous accidents occurred that caused severe injuries to people and damages to property.
In order to diminish these incidents, President Mohamed Ibrahim Solih’s administration has mandated helmets to be worn on the bridge.
The distribution of 5000 helmets is one of the President’s 100 day pledges for his administration. It was since decided that helmets would be given out to people after completing a two-hour training session.
The Transport Authority further revealed that 3000 helmets would be distributed in capital city Male area, consisting of 2500 helmets for adults and 500 for children.