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Government tackles road safety

The Swiss cabinet has released its Via Sicura dispatch, which aims to reduce deaths linked to road accidents by a quarter.

Via Sicura includes 36 recommendations addressing both vehicles and the people operating them.

For example, trucks weighing over 60 tonnes and measuring more than 25.5 metres would be banned from Switzerland.

Meanwhile, the use of headlights during the day would be mandatory, as would regular eye examinations for drivers over 50.

Cyclists would have to be at least seven years old to ride on the road; they would also have to wear helmets until they are 14.

The Via Sicura package now goes on to parliament for approval.

The number of deaths linked to road accidents has declined by 40 per cent in the past decade, with 349 people killed in 2009.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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