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Vision Zero Qatar-Sweden Forum starts in Doha; aims to reduce deaths due to traffic accidents

Vision Zero Qatar-Sweden Forum starts in Doha; aims to reduce deaths due to traffic accidents

Under the auspices of H.E the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, who is also the chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, the two-day forum “Vision Zero Qatar-Sweden (Knowledge Sharing- Best Evidence Practice between Qatar and Sweden)” started at Ritz Carlton Hotel on Sunday, May 10.

Brig. Muhammad Abdulah Al Maliki, Secretary of National Traffic Safety Committee said that Vision Zero is a Swedish vision that aims to reduce deaths due to traffic accidents and to increase awareness among drivers and road users about traffic safety as well as provide them with the best to be applied to prevent accidents and reduce the incidents.

He stated that Qatar gives due importance to the road safety and had formed several strategic initiatives of which the most prominent one is the establishment of the National Traffic Safety Committee. This committee is entrusted for policy making on traffic safety in all aspects of educational, legislative, engineering and technical,  engaged with all public and private institutions with the aim of integrating efforts and using them to serve traffic safety. It has developed a strategic planning to improve traffic safety level over ten years (2012 -2022) with the active participation and unified efforts of different sectors of society and public and private institutions.

Percentage of road accidents dropped to 8.5% in 2014.

This initiative was launched by HE the Minister of Interior in early January 2013 and included stakeholders in its implementation, according to plans prepared. This strategy is implemented in two phases and is intended primarily to reduce the proportion of death incidents from 14/1000 to 6/1000 by 2022. He said that the strategy achieved in the first half of the first phase with best results beyond expectations, where the percentage dropped to 8.5% in 2014, which indicates great progress made by the Qatar in reducing fatal road accidents.

He added that the tasks of this plan are distributed to 13 agencies including public and private sectors. These include:

Ministry of Municipal and Urban Planning – implementation of the plans, particularly roads planning and development.

Ashghal – implementation of the infrastructure network of roads and improve traffic safety procedures by projects.

General Directorate of Traffic – regulation and control of traffic on the roads and educate road users and raise public awareness as well as enforce and execute the traffic laws.

Supreme Council of Health – improvement and development of ambulance services and treatment for the injured in road accidents and the rehabilitation of those who meet physical disabilities as a result of these incidents.

Supreme Education Council – instilling values and educational concepts to young people to raise their awareness about the importance of road safety.

Universities – conduct research and analytical study dealing with traffic problems and provide scientific solutions that help stakeholders to address them.

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