GCC road safety in focus as person dies every 53 minutes

NATRANS Arabia 2015 conference to look at region's poor record which is led by Saudi Arabia
GCC road safety in focus as person dies every 53 minutes
By Staff writer
Sat 08 Aug 2015 01:08 AM

A conference is set to tackle road safety in the Gulf as figures reveal that one person dies on the region's roads every 53 minutes.

NATRANS Arabia 2015 will turn its attention towards road safety during its Middle East conference and the role of sustainable technology-led solutions in addressing the GCC’s poor record. 

“With almost 10,000 people dying on the Gulf region’s roads last year – that’s approximately one person every 53 minutes, it is clear why the UAE government has set a target of reducing road deaths to three deaths per 100,000 population by 2021," said Alex Heuff, exhibition director, Fleming Gulf, the organiser of NATRANS Arabia.

"The pertinence of the vision is even greater when compared to the UK market, which has a greater population than the GCC, recorded 1,807 road deaths and equating to one person every 4 hours and 45 minutes,” he added.

He said some countries are performing better than others in the Gulf region with Bahrain the safest country – 61 deaths occurring one every six days on average while Saudi Arabia had the poorest record - a total of 7,867 deaths – averaging one every one hour and 20 minutes.

In the UAE, a road death occurs on average every 12 hours with 712 deaths last year, added Heuff. 

The conference-led exhibition in October is being held in partnership with the UAE Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime and under the patronage of Dr Abdulla Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works and chairman of the Federal Transport Authority - Land and Maritime. 

A number of high ranking government official and representatives from around the region have been invited to speak at the event, a statement said.   

The Middle East Road Conference will also examine the progress of the region’s mega road project which is set to grow at a rapid pace over the next five years, valued at an estimated $32 billion.

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