KUWAIT: the Interior Ministry Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major-General Abdel Fattah Al-Ali says the Ministry of Public Works is responsible for traffic congestion all over Kuwait.
He pointed out the ministry has failed in its duty and called for launching an awareness campaign and begin repairs for the roads.

He was speaking during a seminar entitled ‘Traffic Crisis in Kuwait: Challenges and Solutions’, Tuesday which was organized by the Kuwait Journalists Association in cooperation with Kuwait Society for Traffic Safety.

He disclosed the Interior Ministry has collected KD 38 million in citations out of the KD 41 million due to the good policy and strategy pursued by the administration since last April.

He also revealed because of the efforts exerted by the General Traffic Department Kuwait saw a low rate of traffic accidents which was about 3,200 from a high of 8,000 per month on an average. This is in addition to low rate of mortality as a result of traffic accidents which has climbed down from the 50s to about 18-19 a month.

He stressed the ministry was able to create a positive change within just six months when the new law was put into effect. He presented a number of statistics, which show there are 1.8 million vehicles on the streets of Kuwait and 1.3 million people hold driving licenses of which 620,000 are held by Kuwaitis and 780,000 by expatriates.

He pointed out the campaign which was launched on April 20 this year resulted in impounding 100,000 outdated cars and confiscation of 35,000 driving licenses which had been obtained through forgery and manipulation.

He added 18 groups of task force comprising 53 personnel in each group were formed and two groups were allocated for each governorate, one monitored security on the roads.

During the campaign it was discovered 300,000 vehicles violated the security and durability terms and conditions while 23,000 were driving their vehicles without renewing their registration documents. All these vehicles were scrapped.

Al-Ali further pointed out that the campaign also resulted in reduction of the number of violations from 128,000 to 91,000 per month, and there is also reduction of the number of indirect violations that are recorded by surveillance cameras from 173,000 to 81,000, “which confirms that the ministry is moving in the right direction,” he added.

He pointed out many streets of Kuwait are subjected to maintenance by the Ministry of Public Works which cause more traffic jams. He pointed out the Jabriya exit is currently closed by the Ministry of Works which has led to the closure of four major ways. He said the work was scheduled to be completed before Eid Al-Fitr, but it is still ongoing.

He stressed he does not work to deport expatriates but rather to implement the law. He noted the administration continues to enforce the law with an iron fist and will not make a turnaround at any cost.
Secretary-General of Kuwait Journalists Association, Faisal Al-Qanaie also blamed the Ministry of Public Works for the traffic problems and road accidents for failing to complete work on time.

He called on the government to put in place proper infrastructure like that of Dubai and Singapore to resolve the traffic problems and called for cooperation and coordination among ministries to find a solution.

He noted the policy of traffic police in Kuwait is based on ‘catching the offender’ not the ‘violation’ and called for spreading awareness about violations “in order to avoid their occurrence because achievement is not catching the number of violators but reducing their number. This indicates the success of the policy.”

For her part, member of Kuwait Society for Traffic Safety Dr Khaloud Al-Najjar highlighted the problems caused by traffic accidents. She stressed on the need for concerted efforts of government agencies and civil society in resolving this problem and to protect young people from traffic accidents.

She also shed light on some activities and awareness campaigns organized by the society in collaboration with the youth group and the proposals and recommendations of these campaigns and studies have been referred to the Interior Ministry but it has not been taken into consideration until today. 
She appealed to the concerned authorities and officials to organize such campaigns to protect the young people and reduce traffic accidents. She pointed out the main problem facing the society is the culture of ‘I’.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Nasser Al-Enezi and Colonel Hisham Al-Yaseen talked about long-term strategy of the ministry to reduce traffic congestion and achieve HH the Amir’s desire of transforming Kuwaiti into a commercial and financial hub. 

They explained the most important priorities and engineering projects proposed by the General Traffic Department (GTD) including building bridges, constructing roads or expanding and upgrading roads, stressing that these works will be carried out by the Public Works Ministry in the next few years to ensure positive change in raising the standard of safety.

On national traffic strategic projects for the traffic, they stated that this will be carried out by the Interior Ministry represented by the GTD in coordination with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) which has already put in place recommendations to address the traffic problem and offered an international tender in this regard.

With regards the modern technology projects, they said these projects will be executed soon in addition to a number of systems and automated link programs with some authorities and departments at the ministry which include:
 

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 18: the Interior Ministry Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major-General Abdel Fattah Al-Ali says the Ministry of Public Works is responsible for traffic congestion all over Kuwait.
He pointed out the ministry has failed in its duty and called for launching an awareness campaign and begin repairs for the roads.

He was speaking during a seminar entitled ‘Traffic Crisis in Kuwait: Challenges and Solutions’, Tuesday which was organized by the Kuwait Journalists Association in cooperation with Kuwait Society for Traffic Safety.

He disclosed the Interior Ministry has collected KD 38 million in citations out of the KD 41 million due to the good policy and strategy pursued by the administration since last April.

He also revealed because of the efforts exerted by the General Traffic Department Kuwait saw a low rate of traffic accidents which was about 3,200 from a high of 8,000 per month on an average. This is in addition to low rate of mortality as a result of traffic accidents which has climbed down from the 50s to about 18-19 a month.

He stressed the ministry was able to create a positive change within just six months when the new law was put into effect. He presented a number of statistics, which show there are 1.8 million vehicles on the streets of Kuwait and 1.3 million people hold driving licenses of which 620,000 are held by Kuwaitis and 780,000 by expatriates.

He pointed out the campaign which was launched on April 20 this year resulted in impounding 100,000 outdated cars and confiscation of 35,000 driving licenses which had been obtained through forgery and manipulation.

He added 18 groups of task force comprising 53 personnel in each group were formed and two groups were allocated for each governorate, one monitored security on the roads.

During the campaign it was discovered 300,000 vehicles violated the security and durability terms and conditions while 23,000 were driving their vehicles without renewing their registration documents. All these vehicles were scrapped.

Al-Ali further pointed out that the campaign also resulted in reduction of the number of violations from 128,000 to 91,000 per month, and there is also reduction of the number of indirect violations that are recorded by surveillance cameras from 173,000 to 81,000, “which confirms that the ministry is moving in the right direction,” he added.

He pointed out many streets of Kuwait are subjected to maintenance by the Ministry of Public Works which cause more traffic jams. He pointed out the Jabriya exit is currently closed by the Ministry of Works which has led to the closure of four major ways. He said the work was scheduled to be completed before Eid Al-Fitr, but it is still ongoing.

He stressed he does not work to deport expatriates but rather to implement the law. He noted the administration continues to enforce the law with an iron fist and will not make a turnaround at any cost.
Secretary-General of Kuwait Journalists Association, Faisal Al-Qanaie also blamed the Ministry of Public Works for the traffic problems and road accidents for failing to complete work on time.

He called on the government to put in place proper infrastructure like that of Dubai and Singapore to resolve the traffic problems and called for cooperation and coordination among ministries to find a solution.

He noted the policy of traffic police in Kuwait is based on ‘catching the offender’ not the ‘violation’ and called for spreading awareness about violations “in order to avoid their occurrence because achievement is not catching the number of violators but reducing their number. This indicates the success of the policy.”

For her part, member of Kuwait Society for Traffic Safety Dr Khaloud Al-Najjar highlighted the problems caused by traffic accidents. She stressed on the need for concerted efforts of government agencies and civil society in resolving this problem and to protect young people from traffic accidents.

She also shed light on some activities and awareness campaigns organized by the society in collaboration with the youth group and the proposals and recommendations of these campaigns and studies have been referred to the Interior Ministry but it has not been taken into consideration until today. 
She appealed to the concerned authorities and officials to organize such campaigns to protect the young people and reduce traffic accidents. She pointed out the main problem facing the society is the culture of ‘I’.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Nasser Al-Enezi and Colonel Hisham Al-Yaseen talked about long-term strategy of the ministry to reduce traffic congestion and achieve HH the Amir’s desire of transforming Kuwaiti into a commercial and financial hub. 

They explained the most important priorities and engineering projects proposed by the General Traffic Department (GTD) including building bridges, constructing roads or expanding and upgrading roads, stressing that these works will be carried out by the Public Works Ministry in the next few years to ensure positive change in raising the standard of safety.

On national traffic strategic projects for the traffic, they stated that this will be carried out by the Interior Ministry represented by the GTD in coordination with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) which has already put in place recommendations to address the traffic problem and offered an international tender in this regard.

With regards the modern technology projects, they said these projects will be executed soon in addition to a number of systems and automated link programs with some authorities and departments at the ministry which include:
 


By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff