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NTSS seeks implementation of plan to enhance traffic safety

Tribune News Network


THE two-day workshop on the role of public and private sectors in the implementation of National Traffic Safety Strategy (NTSS) concluded successfully recently with recommendations seeking implementation of the action plan within the given timeframe.

Held under patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani and organised by National Traffic Safety Committee the workshop discussed 30 papers regarding the Strategy and reviewed the progress made in the action plan.

"The workshop aims to realise the goals of the National Traffic Safety Strategy. It encourages us to do more to reduce road fatalities and build a sustainable transport system", Brig Mohammed Abdullah al Maliki, secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee said at the end of the workshop.

He pointed out that the experts and the coordinators of the concerned authorities offered solid information on the most important requirements and stages of the course of implementation of the strategy at the workshop.

Brig Maliki further noted that a working group of coordinators of all stakeholders involved in implementation of NTSS was formed which brought positive results in coordination with the Traffic Safety National Office.

He urged the participants to convey the recommendations of the workshop to their institutions in order to expedite implementation of the relevant action plan within the given timeframe and give coordinators sufficient time to prepare quarterly follow-up reports in coordination with the National Traffic Safety Office.

On his part, Prof Kim Jerio, director at the National Traffic Safety Office, said that the National Traffic Safety Committee witnessed significant progress in 2015 as it established National Traffic Safety Office for monitoring and evaluation of NTSS.

The office evaluated the Strategy that was implemented three years back and increased the stakeholders from 13 to 30.

The current operational plan (2013-2017) of NTSS will end in July 2017 while the second phase of NTSS will start in 2018 and end in 2022.

These plans will help in achieving the objectives of the Strategy, which aims to reduce road fatalities, reduce traffic congestion and develop a sustainable transport system.

It is worth mentioning that the results of the first half of Phase one of NTSS (2013-2015) went beyond expectations, with the mortality rate dropping to an average of up to (8.2) per hundred thousand people.


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