While driver errors such as speeding, distracted driving and driving while sleepy are among the leading reasons for automobile accidents on the Kabul-Kandahar highway, pothole are major contributing cause.
Drivers and citizens who travel on the road said on Monday that potholes and dangerous road conditions are also among the key reasons for the rising number of auto accidents on the congested highway connecting Kabul to the south.
They blasted the Afghan government for not taking steps to rehabilitate the road.
The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) has reaffirmed its commitment to repair the road in the near future.
“The Kabul-Kandahar highway is among our renovation programs this year. This year 135 kilometers of the road, including its bridges and culverts, will be renovated,” said the spokesman of ministry of public works, Mahdi Rohani.
“Drivers, transport owners and all those who commute on the route, face dangers. Road conditions are really bad, but the government says that the drivers are the main responsible and accuse them of using drugs while driving and of exceeding the speed limit,” said Bahauddin, a private transport owner.
Motorist and commuters have also blasted the government for not preventing other causes threatening passengers on the highway such as extortions.
The transportation union has warned it would go on strike unless the government acted to rehabilitate the road.
“The road is totally destroyed, this makes driving difficult. When another car comes from the opposite side, it causes a traffic accident,” said a driver Ahmad Fahim.
The ministry of public works has said that Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided nearly $30 million to the Afghan government to help it complete the renovation of the road.
The government plans to invest the money next year and revive Kabul-Kandahar and Jalalabad highways.