The Follow-up Committee of the National Traffic Safety reviewed, with the representatives of Mowasalat Company (Karwa), the plans emanating from the 15 National Road Safety Strategy and the co-operation between the company and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in this regard.
Sheikh Dr Mohamed bin Hamad bin J al-Thani, director, Public Health and vice-chairman of the Follow-up Committee, said that Karwa secured 2,600 buses to transport about 60,000 students in different parts of the country, in addition to its efforts to encourage the use of public transport to reduce traffic congestion and accidents.
A range of projects have also been reviewed, such as the ‘Karwa Bus’ application, which demonstrates bus routes and is interactively connected with users as well as the control room to control the bus traffic and the drivers performance.
The company’s representatives stressed the importance it attaches to qualifying and preparing drivers with a high level of efficiency by enrolling them into a series of programmes and courses to obtain a licence and identify tourist places and important landmarks in Qatar, as well as the skill of dealing with passengers, and others to update their knowledge of traffic laws and legislation in co-operation with the Traffic Department.
Karwa is also co-operating with Doha Metro through the Metro link project.
At the end of the meeting, the committee underlined the importance of joint and effective work with the ministries and various authorities in the country to achieve the objectives of the national traffic safety strategy, which contributes to reducing traffic accidents, in addition to the need to take some measures related to the Karwa bus stops.
The National Committee for Traffic Safety seeks to reduce road accidents by employing all the potential of the State through educational and qualification programs, to raise the level of traffic awareness of the community, and to strengthen the role of national institutions through the implementation of its objectives towards the achievement of the long-term national vision for traffic safety. (QNA)