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Unified GCC traffic law likely within 3 years

posted on 13/06/2005: 594 views

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are likely to have a unified traffic law within the next three years, a top GCC General Secretariat official said, according to the Khaleej Times.

'We have drafted a new traffic law which we hope would be adopted as a unified legislation by member states. We have distributed the draft to member states and once a consensus is reached we will submit it to GCC ministers of interior for approval and appropriate action. This will probably take place within the next three years,' Colonel Rashid Salim Al Muhairi, Director of Security Department at the GCC General Secretariat said after a meeting of GCC traffic officials in Abu Dhabi.

He said some member states had already made use of the draft law and incorporated some of its clauses in their local traffic laws.

'Road accidents and fatalities are on the rise and are causing concern among the authorities. Once a well-studied unified law is adopted, we will see a significant drop in these accidents," Col Muhairi added. He said there were several other laws which were being studied to be introduced as single GCC laws.

'A similar GCC traffic law was proposed years ago. Some countries had benefited from that draft as a reference legislation by incorporating some of its clauses in their local laws. Since many developments have taken place during this time, the General Secretariat has decided to introduce some amendments to it and table it for review and adoption as a single law,' he elaborated.

Col Muhairi said the GCC countries had a successful experience of unified laws, citing an example the GCC traffic violation system under which a GCC citizen need not pay a traffic fine in a member state other than his home country.

Col Muhairi said the meeting discussed traffic awareness in the GCC countries. The officials agreed to hand over such programmes to a private PR company. A contract has been awarded to a local GCC company which will also be responsible for organising the annual GCC Traffic Week.

Among other topics discussed by the officials was a GCC traffic strategy focusing on awareness programmes. They also discussed preparation of a GCC specification for phasing out leaded petrol by member states in 2007. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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