PM receives UN, EU officials

Amman, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Monday received United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, and EU Commissioner for Transport Ms. Violeta Bulc, and their accompanying delegations to discuss cooperation on road safety.

The meeting discussed the UN’s initiative about the safety of roads as part of its efforts to reduce the number of casualties on the roads, where over one million people die each year while the costs arising from traffic accidents amount $500 billion, according to data published by the World Health Organization.

The prime minister stressed that the government’s priority for the next two years will include improving public transport services, pointing out that the large number of personal vehicles in the Kingdom is a result of weak public transportation.

He said public buses are being equipped with surveillance cameras and tracking systems to guarantee adherence to public safety measures and commitment to arrival-departure times, which will encourage people to use them.

Razzaz talked about the government’s endorsement of a regulation pertaining to school transport and said it will guarantee the safety of students.

UN Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, spoke about the UN’s initiative to reduce the numbers of road accidents, spread awareness among people of good traffic behavior, and set safety criteria for vehicles on roads, stressing that a lot of the Mediterranean basin countries record the highest number of deaths on the roads.

EU Commissioner for Transport Ms. Violeta Bulc said the bloc is ready to organize a workshop to exchange expertise on road safety and to develop the institutional capacities in this domain, pointing out that an automatic emergency call service had been activated in cars in the EU region to ensure a speedy and timely response to accidents.

Source: Jordan News Agency