GCC road safety: All you need to know

May 16, 2017 1:41 pm


Exhaustion and drowsiness are the two leading causes of accidents during Ramadan, according to Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). With the holy month fast approaching, here are the most important facts about road safety in the GCC:

The UAE

1. 50 per cent of the road accidents in the UAE last year were caused by drivers aged 18-30

2. UAE witnessed road fatalities growing from 675 in 2015, to 725 in 2016

3. On a scale of one to seven, with countries scoring one having extremely underdeveloped roads to those scoring seven with highly efficient roads, the UAE scored 6.5, ahead of Singapore, Portugal and Oman in the top five, according to a study published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, one of the UK’s leading economic consultants.

4. Deaths on Abu Dhabi roads decreased by 22 per cent during the first three months of 2017, according to statistics released by the traffic police. The number of road accidents also dropped by six per cent during the first quarter of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

5. Authorities said accidents were caused mainly by speeding, negligence, sudden change of lanes, recklessness, poor overtaking and not leaving enough distance between vehicles.

6. Exhaustion and drowsiness are the two leading causes of accidents during Ramadan, according to the RTA.

7. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has seen a drop of 35.6 per cent in the number of the people injured in traffic accidents across the emirate, in the first quarter of this year as compared to the same period last year, according to the police.

8. Official records show that 90 people received minor to medium and serious injuries in the first three months of the year compared to 148 over the same period last year in RAK.

9. According to a study by Dubizzle Motors and Souqalmal.com:

– Looking at the number of insured vehicles in terms of year of manufacture, more than 50 per cent of the cars were less than three years old.

– The most popular features among UAE consumers when purchasing car insurance were agency repair, and personal accident cover for drivers and passengers.

– The standard depreciation value of a vehicle is five per cent per quarter, adding up to 20 per cent per year. Some cases start from ten per cent per year, and go up to 25 per cent annually.

10. According to recent data from the UAE Insurance Authority, a total of 1.7 million comprehensive motor insurance policies were issued in the UAE in 2015, registering growth of 12.3 per cent year-on-year. The number of third party policies stood at 1.3 million, growing at 7.4 per cent year-on-year during the same period.

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Oman

1. A survey on driving behaviour in Oman found that:

– 59 per cent of drivers in the last six months rode over the maximum speed limit of 120km/hr at least once

– Ten per cent of the respondents said that they broke official speed limits during 50-75 per cent of their trips.

– There is a general feeling that roads have become less dangerous as there was a significant decline in tailgating, distracted driving, sudden lane swerving and speeding.

– This is further substantiated by a drop in the number of road accidents in the first quarter of 2017 by 28.8 per cent to 895 as against 1,257 road mishaps during the same period of 2016, according to the latest National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) update.

– 81 per cent of the respondents agree that Oman’s road infrastructure has improved over the last six months, leading to more driving enjoyment (63 per cent).

2. According to NCSI, road accidents in January, February and March in 2017 were reported to be 318, 287 and 290 respectively. Category wise, injuries fell 16.3 per cent to 691, while deaths decreased 6.3 per cent to 150 during the period, compared to the same period last year.

3. There were 692 people road deaths in 2016, about eight per cent more compared to a year earlier, according to the Royal Oman Police.

4. According to statistics at the GCC secretariat information office based in Muscat, Oman leads the way with 4,721 accidents closely followed by Saudi Arabia with 4,609 and Qatar was third with 4,322 in 2016.

5. The number of accidents in Oman is 8.89 per 100,000 people in 2016 compared to 8.71 per 100,000 people in 2015, according to Oman Royal Police.

6. 72 per cent of all accidents happening in the country are caused by drivers who are young, in their twenties.

7. Insurance companies paid a total of 123 million rials out for 4,721 accidents last year — about 11 per cent more compared to 2015, statistics from the ministry of commerce show.

Qatar

1. Qatar’s financial and insurance sector grew by 7.4 per cent in Q4 2016.

2. According to a statistics report published by Ministry of Interior’s General Directorate of Traffic:

– Total number of road accidents declined in 2016 by 7.8 per cent in comparison with 2015.

– The vulnerability of road accidents has decreased by 31.2 per cent in comparison to 2015.

– Most of traffic accidents recorded in 2016 were minor accidents without injuries and accounted 97.5 of total accidents.

– Average number of road accident deaths per 100,000 persons in Qatar is 5.5 while global average is 17.4.

– Half of major traffic accidents in 2016 were resulted from negligence, recklessness and lack of caution with the rate of 44.6 per cent.

– Number of drivers killed in road crashes in 2016 were 66 (37.1 per cent) while passengers 55 (30.9 per cent) and pedestrians 57 (32 per cent).

– Lack of keeping safe distance between vehicles caused 6 deaths, 68 serious injuries and 1323 minor injuries.

– Reckless driving and negligence caused fatal accidents in 108 cases while it led to 388 major injuries and 2228 minor ones.

– Overturn of the vehicles accounted for 12.1 per cent major crashes and run over the pedestrians reached 11.5 per cent of the major accidents.

– Two-thirds of major traffic accidents were collision accidents between two cars, and accounted for 66.7 per cent.

– The vehicle collision incidents topped the list of the of traffic accidents, which recorded 67 deaths, and 336 serious injuries and 3,674 minor injuries followed by rollover accidents that resulted in 27 deaths, 119 serious injuries and 591 minor injury cases.

– The highest death rate was among those aged between 21-30 that represent 36.5 per cent of total deaths, while those aged between 31-40 figured 27 per cent, those aged above 40 represented 22.5 per cent, and those between 11-20 were 11.2 per cent and the remaining 2.8 were those aged below 11.

Saudi Arabia

1. At least 23 people die and 102 others are injured every day as a result of traffic accidents in Saudi Arabia.

2. Riyadh saw the largest number of accidents followed by Makkah then Dammam.

3. A recent statistical report has revealed the deaths of 45,683 Saudi citizens during the past year.

4. The number of male deaths reached 28,802 or 63 per cent of the total, compared with 16,881 deaths among females, or 37 per cent of the total.

5. According to the report, road accidents are the main causes of death in the Kingdom, with 21 deaths recorded per day, in addition to the factors of aging, and chronic diseases.

Bahrain

1. Last year, 809 male drivers (75.19 per cent) and 267 (24.81 per cent) female drivers involved in accidents. Around 266 men were seriously injured compared to 34 women while 506 men and 267 women sustained minor injuries.

2. Fatal accidents in 2016 have declined by over 40 percent compared to 2015, even though the number of registered vehicles rose to around 42,000, official figures showed.

3. Last year saw 29 less deaths from traffic accidents in the Kingdom than 2015, according to General Director of Traffic Colonel Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulwahab Al Khalifa.

4. The rate of deaths caused by traffic accidents in Bahrain is 3.5 per 100, 000 individuals, while in the Middle East it’s 6.39.

5. Male drivers are involved in accidents more than the opposite sex, with a ratio of 78 per cent.

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By Hina Latif
Journalist
Hina Latif has over six years of media and publishing experience under her belt, spanning multiple magazines and a newspaper in the UAE. She studied creative writing at the University of Oxford and has a Master’s degree in Journalism.



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