Posted on May 10, 2016

The Public Works Authority participated in the “Role of Public and Private Sectors in the Implementation of the National Strategy for Traffic Safety” workshop organised by the National Committee for Traffic Safety. The workshop took place on Monday and Tuesday, 9 and 10 of this month under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Chairman of the National Committee for Traffic Safety, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Engineer Mohammed Ali Darwish, Director of Technical Support Affairs in the Public Works Authority, gave a speech during the opening ceremony in which he stressed the authority’s commitment to its key role in supporting the country’s efforts to achieve sustainable development and enhance traffic safety on roads, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. In January 2013, the Public Works Authority participated in the formulation and launching off the National Strategy for Traffic Safety along with a number of other concerned entities.

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The strategy aims at enhancing safety on Qatar’s roads, and it includes around 200 action plans in addition to a number of initiatives that aim to raise awareness about traffic safety in the Qatari society, and to minimise accidents and traffic violations. Those plans and initiatives are being implemented by several concerned entities in coordination with the National Committee for Traffic Safety, of which 34 initiative and action plan is implemented by the Public Works Authority.

The authority has intensified its efforts to implement those plans in the past years. 13 action plan has been completed so far, including the implementation of a wide range of procedures and techniques in the field of traffic safety, both those concerned with road users such as vehicles and pedestrians, and in the work sites of Ashghal’s projects. The authority is also implementing the School Zone Safety Programme, to ensure the safety of students and parents when going in and out of schools, and to provide all safety elements for more than 200 schools all over Qatar.

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In addition to this, Ashghal is implementing the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) which includes a comprehensive field survey for over 1500 km of roads in order to analyse and asses them geometrically and suggest needed procedures to enhance traffic safety on these roads. Ashghal is also building a shared database to analyse traffic accidents data, their causes, areas that see frequent accidents, in order to take appropriate procedures to prevent them, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior.

The Public Works Authority participated in the accompanying exhibition through a pavilion where it showcased its latest roads infrastructure projects, and the means and technology used in the Intelligent Transportation Systems and traffic safety fields.