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Road safety, trade and sustainability top IRU and Qatar talks
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Road safety, trade and sustainability top IRU and Qatar talks

27 Sep 2023 · People

IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto and H.E. Engineer Hamad Essa Abdulla, Qatar’s Ministry of Transport Acting Assistance Undersecretary for Land Transport Affairs, held high-level talks in Geneva on key road transport challenges.

Qatar’s Ministry of Transport is committed to eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, with a special focus on reducing human error, the leading cause behind more than 85% of road accidents.

To support safety and quality in commercial road transport, IRU and Qatar’s Ministry of Transport have been championing professional excellence. The two have partnered to introduce road transport regulations and internationally recognised standards, including rules and best practices for the transport of dangerous goods.

Following the activation of the TIR system in Qatar in 2021, IRU has been working closely with Qatari authorities and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry to boost transit efficiency and cement Qatar’s position as a state-of-the-art trade and transit hub in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Transport efficiency is also central to achieving the road transport industry and Qatar’s objective of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, as set out in IRU’s Green Compact and the Transportation Master Plan for Qatar 2050.