The Insurer has been working on alerting commuters and road users about unprotected railway crossings in partnership with the National Council for Road Safety (NCRS) since November 2017.
The NRCS notes that the warning signs and safety messaging erected in and around railway stations through this project continue to help avert accidents and save lives. Further, this initiative has been one of the key factors behind the over 50% year on year reduction in deaths at unprotected railway crossings, down from 544 in 2017 to 212 in 2018.
“Having partnered with Allianz Lanka, a company that shares our commitment to road safety, we have been working together on raising awareness on and promoting safety at unmanned railway crossings,” Dr. Sisira Kodagoda, Chairman, National Council for Road Safety. “We are delighted to note that the warning signs placed in and around railway stations have had a positive impact on commuters and road users. They have been one of the principal reasons behind the drop in the number of deaths at unprotected railway crossings. We will continue to work with partners like Allianz Lanka on continuing to take the message of road safety to all corners of the island.”
Allianz Lanka and NCRS have currently covered 19 railway stations around the island including Aluthgama, Anuradhapura, Higurakgoda, Kaluthara South, Kandy, Matara, Moratuwa, Muttetugala, Narahenpita, Navinna, Pannipitiya, Payagala South, Ragama, and Wellawa under this project.