The National Traffic Safety Committee and Qatar University recently launched the ‘Traffic Safety Award for the State of Qatar’, under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.

The website for the award was also launched during the event, attended by officials and executives of the Traffic Committee and Qatar University.

According to Dr Hassan Rashid Al Dirham, Qatar University president and member of the National Traffic Safety Committee, traffic safety was built on Qatar National Vision 2030 and is one of the priorities that the State of Qatar seek to develop. Every year, some 1.35 million people worldwide die on the road and between 20 and 50 million others suffer different injuries that lead to disabilities and material losses.

In recent years, Qatar was able to improve and reduce traffic accidents to a level similar to that of developed countries, thanks to the efforts on all sides, notably the General Directorate of Traffic and the National Traffic Safety Committee at the Ministry of Interior.

All relevant structures have worked together and without exception, organising awareness activities, events and campaigns within public and private institutions and educational institutions in order to demonstrate the seriousness of the lack of compliance with road safety and security procedures.

Qatar University, represented by Qatar Transport and Traffic Safety Center, was assigned by the National Traffic Safety Committee to carry out several measures, including the annual programme of the Traffic Safety Award and the creation of the Traffic Safety website.

Today we have accomplished it. The QTTSC and the National Traffic Safety Committee have also sought to develop these national programmes that will contribute to increasing awareness of traffic safety and to achieving a secure land transport system for all road users. On the other hand, all individuals are encouraged to engage in the traffic safety system and are motivated to create new ideas that will enrich the road safety system.

Despite the increase in population, the increase in the number of vehicles, and the increase in the number of driving licenses, Qatar has continued to reduce the death rate due to road accidents (4.4 deaths per 100,000 persons).

The annual prize for traffic safety in Qatar will measure traffic awareness in all categories, represented in scientific and engineering innovations, artistic and intellectual innovations, and in the adoption and execution of projects with tangible and sustainable impact in traffic safety. The award also encourages social responsibility from private sector institutions through programmes implemented with active partnership between the private and government sector.

To complement the launch of the award, the website, roadsafety.qa, was also officially launched. The website aims to collect and publish research studies and initiatives to serve as reference for local and international traffic safety. The site contains academic publications, reports, events and training workshops, in addition to traffic safety news.

Traffic Safety Award 

The Individual Category award will be presented to an individual who has developed a traffic safety initiative and has actively contributed to improving traffic safety in Qatar.

The individual must be a citizen or resident of the State of Qatar. Submitted works must be innovative and clearly explained, and the idea should not have been previously proposed. A participant can enter one or more ideas.

The idea must be original to the owner and has not been tried anywhere in the world. The presented idea must contribute to a remarkable development or address a problem in the field of traffic safety. Participants should provide a three-to-five-minute video presentation of the initiative.

The Public and Private Institutions Category are organisations that have undertaken initiatives to reduce traffic accidents and have contributed to raising the level of traffic safety in the State of Qatar.

All institutions and government agencies concerned with traffic safety are qualified to participate in the award. Participants can submit one or more ideas. Project owners must include in their presentation the allocated budget for the project and their sources of funding. Participants must submit a three-to-five-minute video presentation of the initiative.

The Educational Institutions Category, meanwhile includes all kindergartens, schools, institutes, colleges and universities in Qatar. The award will go to the best project, initiative, research, and the best scientific, intellectual and technical innovations in the field of traffic safety.

The National Traffic Safety Committee has prepared a detailed guidebook with all the conditions and criteria for participation for each category of the competition available via roadsafety.qa. An award ceremony will be organised for the winners during the World Traffic Safety Conference 2021 in Qatar.