ROAD SAFETY COUNTRY PROFILE

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo's Road Safety Country Profile

This road safety country data presents information on all pillars of road safety (management, roads, speed, vehicles, road users, and post-crash care), along with information on the current status for each country and region along with extensive information on key risk factors, issues and opportunities.

THE SCALE OF THE ROAD SAFETY CHALLENGE Ref: 1,2,3,4,5
  • 62%

    Percentage of Road Crash Fatalities and Injuries in the economically productive age groups (15 - 64 years.)

  • 3:1

    Ratio of Male to Female Fatalities with the 15 - 49 year age group being most vulnerable to fatalities.

  • 1,728 life yrs.

    affected due to disability from road crash injuries per 100,000 people.

  • Road crash fatalities and injuries snapshot
    Country Population, 2010: 78,736,152
    Country Reported Fatalities, 2010: 385
    WHO Estimated Fatalities, 2010: 26,529
    GBD Estimated Fatalities, 2010: 20,521
    WHO Est. Fatalities per 100,000 Pop., 2010: 33.7
    Estimated Serious Injuries, 2010: 397,935
    Cost of Fatalities and Serious Injuries, 2010: $4,157 million
    Cost as % of country GDP, 2010: 11.2%
Positioning of Country in Region (Compared to Countries with the Lowest Traffic Fatalities in the Region and Globally)
2010 WHO Estimated Road Fatalities 2010 GBD Estimated Road Fatalities 2010 WHO Estimated Fatality Rate/100,000 pop. 2010 GBD Estimated Fatality Rate/ 100,000 pop. % Trend in Fatality Rate/100,000 (2013-2016) Motorization Registered Vehicles/100,000 pop.
Democratic Republic of Congo 26,529 20,521 33.7 26.06 -7.7% 518
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES IN REGION
Gabon 460 438 23.2 26.15 -5.2% 9,850
Democratic Republic of Congo 26,529 20,521 33.7 26.06 -7.7% 518
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES GLOBALLY
Gabon 460 438 23.2 26.15 -5.2% 9,850
Democratic Republic of Congo 26,529 20,521 33.7 26.06 -7.7% 518
2010 WHO Estimated Road Fatalities
Democratic Republic of Congo 26,529
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES IN REGION
Gabon 460
Democratic Republic of Congo 26,529
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES GLOBALLY
Gabon 460
Democratic Republic of Congo 26,529
2010 GBD Estimated Road Fatalities
Democratic Republic of Congo 20,521
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES IN REGION
Gabon 438
Democratic Republic of Congo 20,521
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES GLOBALLY
Gabon 438
Democratic Republic of Congo 20,521
2010 WHO Estimated Fatality Rate/100,000 pop.
Democratic Republic of Congo 33.7
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES IN REGION
Gabon 23.2
Democratic Republic of Congo 33.7
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES GLOBALLY
Gabon 23.2
Democratic Republic of Congo 33.7
2010 GBD Estimated Road Fatalities
Democratic Republic of Congo 26.06
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES IN REGION
Gabon 26.15
Democratic Republic of Congo 26.06
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES GLOBALLY
Gabon 26.15
Democratic Republic of Congo 26.06
2010 GBD Estimated Road Fatalities
Democratic Republic of Congo -7.7%
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES IN REGION
Gabon -5.2%
Democratic Republic of Congo -7.7%
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES GLOBALLY
Gabon -5.2%
Democratic Republic of Congo -7.7%
2010 GBD Estimated Road Fatalities
Democratic Republic of Congo 518
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES IN REGION
Gabon 9,850
Democratic Republic of Congo 518
BEST PERFORMING COUNTRIES GLOBALLY
Gabon 9,850
Democratic Republic of Congo 518
Ⅰ. SAFE SPEEDS Ref: 1,6,7,8
Maximum Speed Limits and Enforcement
60 km/h 90 km/h 120 km/h None
NATIONAL SPEED LIMIT LAW URBAN ROADS RURAL ROADS MOTORWAYS SPEED ENFORCEMENT
Difference with Recommended Safe Systems Speeds + 30 km/h + 20 km/h + 30 km/h Potential Decrease in Fatal Road Crashes from Enforcement of Safe System Speed Limits
12 times lower 4 times lower 3 times lower
60 km/h
NATIONAL SPEED LIMIT LAW URBAN ROADS
Difference with Recommended Safe Systems Speeds + 30 km/h
12 times lower
Ⅱ. ROAD SAFETY MANAGEMENT Ref: 1
To produce positive road safety outcomes, strong management in all aspects of road safety is key. Presence of a funded lead agency to guide the national road safety effort and implement a Safe Systems approach is recommended.
Democratic Republic of Congo has a lead agency present, , which is funded in the national budget, and has a road safety strategy which is partially funded. The functions of the agency include coordination, legislation and monitoring and evaluation of road safety strategies. The country has no known road safety target.
Ⅲ. SAFE ROADS AND ROADSIDES Ref: 1,4
Business Case for Safer Roads
Infrastructure and Speed Management Investment required: $2.00 billion
Annual Investment as a % of GDP (2019-2030): 0.40%
Reduction in fatalities per year: 9,898
Approximate reduction in fatalities and serious injuries (FSI) over 20 years: 2,180,000
Economic Benefit: $15.37 billion
B/C Ratio: 8
Ⅳ. SAFE VEHICLES Ref: 1,8
  • 350,000

    total registered vehicles as of 2010

  • 0%

    motorized 2/3 wheelers as of 2010

Country Compliance to the UN Vehicle Safety Regulations
Frontal and Side Impact (Reg. 94, 95) Regulated Regulation of Import of Used Vehicles
Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking System (Reg. 78) 10 Import Age Limit
Pedestrian Protection (Reg. 127) No Taxation Based Limits
Electronic Stability Control (Reg. 140) No Import Inspections
Seat Belts and Anchorages (Reg. 16, 14) No Periodic Inspection
Frontal and Side Impact (Reg. 94, 95)
Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking System (Reg. 78)
Pedestrian Protection (Reg. 127)
Electronic Stability Control (Reg. 140)
Seat Belts and Anchorages (Reg. 16, 14)
Regulated Regulation of Import of Used Vehicles
10 Import Age Limit
No Taxation Based Limits
No Import Inspections
No Periodic Inspection
Ⅴ. SAFE ROAD USERS Ref: 1,8
National Seatbelt, Drink Driving and Helmet Laws (WHO, 2010)
National Seatbelt Law Motorcycle Occupant Age Restriction: Not restricted
Driver Legal Minimum Driving Age: 17 yrs.
Front National Drink Driving Law
Back Is Law BAC Based?
Motorcycle Helmet Law Random Drink Driving Tests
Helmet Standards % of Road Crach Fatalities Involving Alcohol: Unknown
National Seatbelt Law
Driver
Front
Back
Motorcycle Helmet Law
Helmet Standards
Motorcycle Occupant Age Restriction: Not restricted
Legal Minimum Driving Age: 17 yrs.
National Drink Driving Law
Is Law BAC Based?
Random Drink Driving Tests
% of Road Crach Fatalities Involving Alcohol: Unknown
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits (g/dl)
    General Population <0.10
    Young Drivers <0.10
    Professional Drivers <0.10
    General Population <0.10
    Young Drivers <0.10
    Professional Drivers <0.10
Ⅵ. POST CRASH CARE Ref: 1,8,9
  • Good post-crash care reduces deaths and reduces disability and suffering for road crash survivors. The emergency medical care system elements and processes need to be effective to attain this objective.

  • National Emergency Care Access Number: Partial Coverage
    Traume Registry System: Some Facilities
    Country Health Coverage Index - SDG Target 3.8; Target - 100: 68
    Expenditure on Healthcare as % of GDP: 4%
REFERENCES
  1. Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018. World Health Organization;
  2. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). GBD Results Tool. Seattle, WA: IHME, University of Washington, 2015;
  3. Serious injuries have been calculated assuming a ratio of 15:1 (15 serious injuries for every death). This estimation broadly falls in the range of 30:1 in high income countries to 10:1 in low- and middle-income countries as crashes tend to be more fatal in the later context.
  4. Vaccines for Roads, International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP). Available from https://www.vaccinesforroads.org/;
  5. World Bank Databank for Development Indicators;
  6. M.H. Cameron, R. Elvik. 2010. Nilsson's Power Model connecting speed and road trauma;
  7. Austroads. Balance between harm reduction and mobility in setting speed limits;
  8. UNEP-ITC Background Paper on Used Vehicles Globally and Various Media Sources (Wikipedia and vehicle import websites);
  9. 2018 World Health Statistics, WHO.

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