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Bahrain to reinforce promoting road safety and reducing accidents

TDT | Manama        

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Bahrain's Interior Minister General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa has asserted the importance of continuing efforts to reinforce traffic safety for all road users to limit accidents, including fatal ones.

Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah was speaking as he chaired the Traffic Council meeting yesterday. It was attended by the Minister of Transportation, Mohamed bin Thamir Al Kaabi; the Minister of Works, Ibrahim bin Hassan Al Hawaj; the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, Amna Ahmed bint Al Rumaihi; and several undersecretaries and representatives of members of the Traffic Council.

The council approved the formation of a committee to study and analyse the recent fatal accidents and set solutions to promote road safety and reduce accidents through plans and programmes.

The Interior Minister asserted the significance of using traffic technologies to regulate traffic flow on main roads. The Works Minister thanked the Interior Minister for providing and developing e-services for the fast processing of traffic applications, such as the online processing of minor accidents and car registration.

The meeting reviewed topics on the agenda, including privatising the parking metres after conducting a study to tackle the decision’s technical, legal, and financial aspects. The council was also briefed on suggestions by the Works Ministry to deal with traffic jams and main road development projects for better traffic flow.

It was also briefed on the suggestions of the Works Ministry to develop roads leading to the Sports City project in the Southern Governorate. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah affirmed that development projects cover the area.

Thus, its roads should be developed. After that, the Transportation Ministry highlighted the Kingdom’s land transportation strategy, which is based on improving the reliability of public transportation services and encouraging people to use electric transportation in a way that enhances the Kingdom’s commitments to the Climate Change Convention, while the plan for the bicycle path was also reviewed.

At the end of the meeting, the Interior Minister thanked the attendees for their efforts to promote traffic safety, highlighting the importance of fieldwork to promote ongoing readiness to monitor traffic flow.