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2nd phase of National Traffic Safety Strategy to begin in June this year


Tribune News Network
Doha
THE second phase of the National Traffic Safety Strategy (2017-2022) will start in June this year. The National Committee for Traffic Safety has named it the 'Phase of achieving goals'.
In the coming years, the strategy aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents annually to 130, serious injuries to 300, deaths from 14 to 6 per 100,000 population and serious injuries from 33 to 15 per 100,000 people.
To achieve this end, the NTSS has proposed reduction of speed limits on prominent roads and construction of pedestrian bridges in different parts of the country. The initial proposal is to reduce the speed in some areas like Al Markhiya Street from 100 km/h to 80 km/h and on B-Ring road to 50 km/h.
The NTSS has adopted a proposal to link information system with traffic safety authorities to provide basic information on traffic accidents, speed limits on all roads and traffic movement, in addition to traffic reports, congestion areas, among others.
The NTSS is based on the goals of sustainable development to be achieved through developing urban planning system, road networks, transportation services and reducing congestion by 5 percent per year in addition to reducing road traffic deaths by 50 percent by 2022.
In this regard, the concerned authorities have adopted strict regulations for companies engaged in the development and construction of roads. Any company that does not comply with these regulations will be referred to the competent authorities and restricted from working in this field.
It is worth mentioning here that the Traffic Engineering and Safety Department at the General Directorate of Traffic has referred a number of companies engaged in infrastructure projects to the Public Prosecution for violations of public safety and traffic laws recently.
The majority of violations included not taking permit from the General Directorate of Traffic prior to the implementation of the project and lack of commitment to put up signposts, according to Al-Watan.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has proposed a comprehensive plan for vehicle parking in Qatar in line with current and future road networks, public transportation and rising population.
The project also provides a guide for the design of parking according to the best international standards and the special traffic pattern and types of vehicles used in Qatar.

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