The Minister of Transport, Amadou Koné, launched the repressive phase of video tagging on the public highway on Monday, September 6 in Abidjan, after the awareness-raising stage. The Public Treasury is accompanying the operation with its digital means of payment.
This action follows the number of deaths due to road accidents in Côte d'Ivoire which has almost doubled in eight years, reaching 1500 victims in 2020.
In view of these worrying figures, the country has equipped itself with an Intelligent Transport System (Sti project) which aims to promote a gradual change in the behavior of road users.
Thanks to this technological device, police officers can remotely observe a traffic violation on a control screen and the offender is notified by SMS of the violation committed and the resulting fine.
According to the Minister, this innovation makes Côte d'Ivoire the pioneer in West Africa in the use of ICT to fight against road incivism.
But what are the practical arrangements for a better collection and a good management of resources, especially at the level of offences and fixed fines which, we imagine, will be important?
Many Ivorians are wondering and believe that the Minister of Transport should also be reassuring on the issue of transparent and rigorous management of funds.
For some informed observers, however, the problem should not arise, given that the State through the Treasury already has two digital platforms for the electronic collection of revenue and payment of expenses. These include TrésorPay and TrésorMoney.
In fact, since 2019, the Public Treasury has been resolutely committed to the digitization of its means of payment and collection. The aim is to digitize the resources collected, including fixed fines and tickets.
The objective is to improve the level of payment and collection of government revenues, to improve the level of collection of internal government resources in order to cope with external support and, above all, to ensure the traceability of operations and the instantaneous availability of public funds.
The deployment of TrésorPay and especially the electronic money TrésorMoney, is well underway throughout the country, with all government departments and agencies including the Ivorian Office of Road Safety (Oser) comes at the right time to contribute to the success of the Sti project, with regard to the collection and management of funds.
This implies a good interconnection between the two systems, namely the Sti project and the two digital payment and collection tools of the Public Treasury, namely TrésorPay and TrésorMoney.
This synergy of actions will ensure traceability of the operation and transparency in the management of revenues related to fines and penalties.