PAWEL-SL Road Safety Monitors Pocket Guide
Passengers Welfare Organization-Sierra Leone (PAWEL-SL) is a human rights advocacy organization that is committed to seeking, promoting and protecting the welfare of the travelling populace otherwise known as passengers. By passengers we mean all commuters on both private and public transport that is either by land, sea, or air.
The training of Road Safety Monitors therefore is to augment and complement the efforts of both the Traffic Police and Traffic Wardens and other road users so that they can concertedly work together side by side in promoting road safety.
The Road Safety Monitors are therefore asked to strictly abide by this guide/manual as our instrument that will guide their operations whilst in the field.
- Demonstrate signs of maturity in the exercise of their duties thereby respecting people of all categories.
- Sensitize passengers about their rights and obligations whilst in transits. Not to allow overloading and over speeding of both vehicles and motor bikes.
- Road Safety Monitors are to work closely with other stakeholders in the road traffic and transport sectors in order to achieve the aims and objectives of PAWEL-SL.
- Road Safety Monitors should monitor, supervise and encourage queues and routings of vehicles where necessary.
- Road Safety Monitors should educate passengers not to allow drivers/riders to smoke, talk on the phone or drive/ride when under the influence of alcohol.
- Road Safety Monitors should help the travelling populace (passengers) to use vehicles and motor bikes that are road worthy, and have valid licenses and fully insured for the intended purposes.
- Road Safety Monitors should also further educate passengers about the use of seat belts in vehicles, not to use any motor bike without two crash helmets and also driver/rider that drives/rides with slippers.
- Road Safety Monitors should educate passengers not to go on board any vehicle that carries goods and passengers at the same time.
- Road Safety Monitors should let passengers know the dangers involved in using motor bikes or vehicles that do not have the required registration plates (no plates) or do not even have plates (i.e. passengers should not use unregistered vehicles or motor bikes.
- Road Safety Monitors should know that all motor bikes and vehicles with black number plates are for private use only and the red number plates are for commercial purposes which should be used to carry passengers.
- Road Safety Monitors should assist road accident victims to the nearest health facilities.
- Road Safety Monitors should solicit the intervention of the Police, Traffic Wardens and Sierra ne Roads Authority (SLRA) assistance on defaulters on the violation of the road safety policy.
- In the event of an accident, attending Road Safety Monitors should take proper record of personal belongings of passengers and present such belongings to the nearest PAWEL-SL office.
- At the scene of an accident where there is no attending Police Officer or Traffic Warden Road Safety Monitors should create an enabling safety environment that will allow free flow of vehicular movement without obstruction and congestion that will lead to further crashes.
- RSMs should take photos using their mobile phones to report all roads crashes at their reach on daily bases to the post crash data base.
- Road Safety Monitors should make sure that passengers’ luggages are properly packed on the carrier or back booth before the vehicle takes off.
- Road Safety Monitors should communicate immediately with their immediate team leaders as and when an issue of importance arises.
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