The National Traffic Safety Committee, under the Ministry of Interior, announced the launch of the action plan for the second phase of the country’s National Traffic Safety Strategy (2018-2022), and the opening of the fifth forum of stakeholders to implement it.
Brigadier Muhammad Abdullah Al Maliki, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee said that Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani is set to unveil the second phase of the National Traffic Safety Strategy this week. He will also inaugurate the fifth forum of concerned authorities for the implementation of the strategy in the presence of ministers and traffic officials from Kuwait, Oman and a number of experts from the public and private sectors.
He underscored the prominent position of the State of Qatar in road safety management at the regional level and among third world countries through the establishment of a national traffic safety committee. The committee has put forward a National Traffic Safety Strategy 2013-2022 with participation of authorities concerned in traffic safety. It has set up an office to strengthen the position of Qatar globally in this regard, providing information and advise to decision makers assigned to implement the strategy.
He said that the committee has enhanced the involvement of authorities and modified its organisational structure with him appointed as Senior Vice Chairman of the Committee. The Committee adopted the UN resolutions ratified by the State of Qatar and prepared a mechanism to follow up on its implementation.
Qatar has achieved membership of the United Nations Global Road Safety Collaboration, and is working to get membership in the European Union Traffic and Traffic Accidents Database, and to obtain ISO certification for traffic safety management.
Brigadier Al Maiki said that one of the most important results achieved by the first phase is the success in reducing the number of deaths from 235 deaths, (14 deaths per 100,000 people) in 2013 to 178 deaths (i.e. 6.93 deaths per 100,000 people) in 2016. The country’s rate is much lower than the world average, according to the first report of the United Nations in 2016. Qatar is ranked 49th in the world and the first among Arab nations in achieving the United Nations Development Goals.
The road transport sector, with more than 400 km of highways built in 2017, is also planning to open the first phase of the Doha Metro in 2020, as well as expand the maritime transport sector. The Hamad Port has linked the State of Qatar to more than 150 international destinations. The fleet of the country’s national carrier, Qatar Airways, has also expanded to more than 200 aircraft as the sector plays a vital role in the growth of the national economy.
He pointed out that the second phase of Strategy 2018-2022 was prepared collectively by all concerned bodies to ‘move’ the State of Qatar to the ranks of developed countries, implementing the directives of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, who is also the Chairman of the NTSC.
The action plan for the second phase of the strategy provides an effective and unique roadmap to reduce the number of traffic accidents and address the consequences of human suffering resulting from road accidents.
Brigadier Muhammad Abdullah Al Maliki also pointed out that the implementation of the second action plan has been assigned to more than 32 bodies, compared to 13 in the first phase, and has increased to more than 400 plans compared to 198 in the first phase. The importance of collaboration between the government sector and the private sector, civil society organisations and other segments of the community has resulted in innovative efforts, avoiding traditional operational practices and adopting effective initiatives through the development of desired goals that are commensurate with the country’s growth.
Second Phase Goals
The objectives of the second phase include the reduction of mortality by 50%; reduction of deaths to 130 in 2022; reduction in the number of severe injuries to 400 in 2022; implementation of the UN sustainable development goals related to sustainable cities; build roads and transport networks; reduce congestion by 5% annually; reduce paedestrian mortality rate to 17% of total deaths by 2022 (32% in 2016); support the economy and national security by reducing the losses of GDP resulting from traffic accidents and congestion; and establish a new electronic follow-up website to promote participation of all stakeholders.
It also aims to strengthen the connection between the sea, air and ground transport for the construction of an integrated transport system, develop traffic safety in school areas, and construct bridges and pedestrian crossings and bicycle paths; support the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; adopt a system of non-traditional urban planning; and prepare the emergency plan for the management of related parts of the transport, among others.
This plan is designed to meet the priorities and challenges of the National Traffic Safety Strategy for the next five years in order to build a sustainable and safe transportation system for current and future generations in Qatar.
For more information and updates on the National Traffic Safety Strategy, visit the Ministry of Interior website at portal.moi.gov.qa.