The Traffic Management and Road Safety Unit (TMRSU) is responsible for ensuring that the road system efficiently meets the economic needs of the country and is safe for all road users.
The organization's technical cadre is composed of about 30 engineers and technicians, dedicated to the cause of making the movements of people and goods, from a place to another, as efficient and safe as possible.
Major responsibilities of the TMRSU include:
On average, about 145 road traffic fatalities are reported annually in Mauritius: - 139 in 2015, 144 in 2016, 157 in 2017, 143 in 2018 and 144 in 2019.
This corresponds to a fatality rate of 3 fatalities per 10,000 vehicles or about 13 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants. In 2019, most of the fatal victims were riders and pillion riders of motorised two wheelers (40%) pedestrians (24%) followed by drivers (17%) passengers (14%), and pedal cyclist (6%). In other words, the vulnerable road users (riders of two wheelers and pedestrians) account for more than half (64%) of the fatalities.
In an African perspective the road safety situation in Mauritius is better than in many countries. However, in comparison with the best performing developed countries (UK, Sweden and Netherlands), Mauritius lags behind. Mauritian road crash rate is three times higher than that of European best performing countries that are at 1 fatality per 10,000 vehicles.
If nothing drastic is done to address the road safety problem, road crashes together with its huge economic costs to society have the potential to reverse the gains so far achieved in both economic and human capital development.
A Road Safety Strategy for Mauritius 2016-2025 has been elaborated some years ago and is largely based on the UN's Decade of Action global initiative. The objective of the Strategy is to achieve a 50% reduction in the number of killed and seriously injured by the year 2025.
The TMRSU is the main implementing body of the Road Safety Strategy 2016-2025.
The actions in the Strategy that are being implemented include:
The relation between the quantity and quality of transport infrastructure and the level of economic development is well known. As with road safety, road congestion too can reverse the economic progress achieved so far. Besides, it has been estimated that road congestion is costing the country about 4 billion rupees annually (Source: http://www.govmu.org/English/News/Pages/Metro-Express-project).
Traffic congestion in urban/rural areas across Mauritius has grown tremendously over the last ten years. This increase in traffic congestion has been simultaneous with increase in urban population. Adding more lanes to existing highways and building new roads have been the traditional response to urban congestion.
The TMRSU will adopt the Transportation Systems Management (TSM) approach to congestion mitigation which seeks to identify improvements to enhance the capacity of the existing traffic system. Through better management and operation of existing transportation facilities, these techniques are designed to improve traffic flow, air quality, and movement of vehicles and goods, as well as enhance system accessibility and safety.
TSM are low-cost but effective in nature, which include, but are not limited to:
Currently all traffic signal installation in Mauritius operates on a single timing plan. In that, regardless of the change in traffic demand at the intersection, the traffic signals provide the same fixed amount of green times. This type of traffic signal operation is very inefficient and results in traffic congestion during peak periods.
The Coordinated Adaptive Traffic Control System (CATCS) will improve the efficiency of the traffic signal operations by automatically adjusting green times based on actual traffic demand.
The traffic signal equipment will also be remotely connected to the main control room at the TMRSU to monitor the health of the system and intervene on its programming and maintenance.
The benefits of the Coordinated Adaptive Traffic Signals include:
A Road Traffic Database (RTD) is about to be established. The RTD will make available the traffic data needed for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the country's road network.
The TMRSU has set up a Traffic Modelling Unit (TMU) with a view to support strategic level decision making and long term planning. With the use of dedicated software including PTV VISUM/VISSIM, the TMU will be:
Director: Mr D. Nathoo
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8.45 am – 4.00 pm
Postal address: Samlo Tower, Aurellie Feillafe Street, Port Louis