Crash injuries costing UAE $5bn per year
Dubai, September 21, 2011
Crash injuries in the UAE have been estimated to cost the country about Dh20 billion ($5.4 billion) annually, according to a report.
The research carried out by the Roadway, Transportation and Traffic Safety Research Centre (RTTSRC) also revealed that the UAE sees about 10,000 crashes annually leading to about 2.7 fatalities per day.
In addition to safety issues, traffic congestion remains one of the major challenges of road transportation in the UAE, with nearly Dh10.5 billion reportedly wasted annually on congestion.
'The process ensures and addresses safety on UAE roads from the concept design phase to construction and operation of all road transportation projects,” said Majed Abed Al-Kathiri, head of Traffic Services Section, Internal Roads and Infrastructure Directorate at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City.
“The road safety audit process is mandatory, which is not only being followed by developers, consultants and contractors but also being agreed among the different departments i.e. Traffic Police, Transport Authorities and the Urban Planning Council.'
In a bid to create a world-class transportation system for the Emirate, Abu Dhabi's transport authorities are implementing an integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) strategy as part of the 2030 Plan.
The state-of-the-art transportation management centre will incorporate a number of integrated intelligent transportation systems to improve management of road networks in the region.
Abu Dhabi Transportation Management Centre (ADTMC) will be built according to best international practices and will provide consolidated and integrated operations facilities, a statement said.
The new facility will have the ability to accommodate and integrate regional and urban traffic management, public transport operations and safety, traveler information, coordinate incident and emergency management and dispatch/operations personnel from different governmental agencies within the transportation network.
The ITS plan will be reviewed and discussed at the Intelligent Traffic Systems Middle East summit, hosted by Abu Dhabi Police and the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, held from November 21 to 24 at Le Royal Meridien. – TradeArabia News Service
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