Six traffic offices with insurance services to be established

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Peninsula-- To assist growing number of clients, the General Directorate of Traffic is working on the establishment of six traffic offices with the insurance companies to complete the procedures at one place.

To overcome many traffic challenges, the General Directorate of Traffic used the GIS programme for the production of maps, drawings and engineering software, said a statement about the achievements of General Directorate of Traffic in 2017.

A search and investigation team was formed in 2017 to investigate serious incidents in addition to the activation of security cameras “Talaa” to control traffic violations and realise the highest rates of traffic safety. Various measures taken by the department were positively reflected in figures. In the Licensing and Permits Section, the works showed an increase of 10.2 percent. The total work amounted to QR89,758 transactions in 2016, while it was recorded to QR98,932 in 2017.  The work of the traffic planning section also increased by 9.4 percent in 2017 as compared to the work of 2016.

In a recent interview with Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, Director of the General Directorate of Traffic, told The Peninsula that the number of vehicles which registered last year is more than 100,000.

The directorate also opened two traffic offices in the Pearl and a new building in the South to facilitate the public and speed up the response to reports besides it completed the first phase of linking the security system to the traffic system. 

In order to increase awareness among people and enhance the media campaigns, the department signed agreements and partnerships with Ministry of Culture and Sports, secondary schools and extended collaboration with Qatar University in the fields of researches and traffic studies. 

As part of implementing the strategy of paperless transactions, the first phase of the registration of unknown accidents through Metrash2 was implemented. Mechanical inspection of mechanical vehicles was linked to the traffic system, and paper report was stopped. The transfer of ownership and renewal of driving licenses for all vehicles can be completed through Metrash 2. 

The Support and Operations Section recorded an increase of 257 percent with a total of 348 activities for 2017, while in 2016 there were 97 activities.

The Traffic Awareness Section at the department indicated increase in the awareness activities by seven percent in 2017 compared to activities in 2016. The total activities of 2016 included awareness to pedestrians, the ideal driver, and the awareness of school students and in winter camps, community awareness, external partnerships, and during the National Day, Ramadan campaign.  264 activities were held in 2016 whereas 282 activities were held in 2017.

The Department of Studies and Traffic Information has also achieved a 15 percent increase in the number of studies, monthly reports, statistical indicators, surveys and opinion polls.