Extra funding for road safety

The Transport Ministry promised yesterday to provide funding for regional authorities as part of yet another campaign to improve Greece’s poor road safety record. During a meeting with regional officials through whose areas of jurisdiction national highways pass, Transport Minister Michalis Liapis said European Union and national funds would be provided to pay for improvements to road surfaces, lighting and signposting. Furthermore, regional authorities will contribute to the policing of highways, focusing on heavy vehicles. The teams of inspectors assigned to the job will be offered financial incentives to work overtime. At the same time, Liapis promised to «rationalize» the speed limits for the entire road network, which are often criticized as too strict at certain points.