The General Directorate of Traffic, represented by the Traffic Awareness Department and in cooperation with the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior (MOI), organised a seminar on the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians this week at the headquarters of the General Directorate of Traffic.
The seminar aims to educate pedestrians on the safe use of streets and roads, under the provisions of the articles of the Traffic Law pertaining to pedestrians, and as a prior step to start recording violations against those who do not abide by the rules beginning on 1 August.
Colonel Nasser Darman Al Hajeri, Assistant Director General of Traffic, and Lieutenant Colonel Jaber Mohammed Odeiba, Assistant Director of Traffic Awareness Department, attended the seminar. Officers of the General Directorate of Traffic, media professionals and a number of representatives of different communities and companies were also present.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Odeiba, MOI is keen to organise such awareness-raising seminars for the safety of everyone living in Qatar. He said that they wanted to clarify, through the symposium, the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians, who, he said, represent a large proportion of road users that may exceed the number of drivers.
Through the seminar, he said that they aim to create a pedestrian traffic culture. Pedestrians should use crosswalks or footbridges to cross the road, while motorists are obliged to respect rights of the pedestrians to cross safely even in the absence of traffic signals.
Despite the decline in pedestrian accidents in 2018, there are a number of recommendations that must be taken into account to further reduce pedestrian accidents. These include the need for more pedestrian crossings; the construction of traffic barriers and guard rails in main streets and highways to prevent pedestrian crossing from undesignated areas; planning of footpaths; placing of light signals on intersections as well as ground reflectors; increasing the width of sidewalks; and putting iron barriers in places other than those designated for pedestrians.
The safety drive will be conducted in various languages including Arabic, English, Urdu, Hindi, Nepalese and Malayalam.
Fines for Violations
In case the pedestrians are walking in the middle of the carriageway, or not using pavements / sidewalks (if they are available) or not using the far edge of carriageway opposite to the direction of driving in the absence of pavements, the pedestrian will be fined QAR100. If pedestrians are not taking required precautions or not using designated crossing areas to cross the road, he or she will be fined QAR200. Pedestrians who don’t follow traffic signals will be fined QAR500 if not properly crossing the road at intersections or if traffic police are allowing vehicles to move or break through military parades and processions.
For updates and more information about paedestrian rights and responsibilities, visit moi.gov.qa.