From : 2018-10-24
To : 2018-10-25
Recommendations of the 
International Symposium on "Road Engineering and Traffic Safety"
24 - 25 October 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


The International Symposium on Road Engineering and Traffic Safety was held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Transport, on 24-25 October 2018, in Abu Dhabi. 
The seminar was attended by experts, researchers and academics from all continents, various sectors concerned with traffic safety, research and studies centers, governmental and private bodies, and representatives from civil society. The seminar resulted in a number of recommendations. The recommendations are:
1. Promote the development of modern and safe infrastructure, improve road safety and infrastructure characteristics to meet the safe mobility needs of all users, and adopt traffic signs and intelligent transportation systems to create and improve a high-capacity technical infrastructure through inspections, impact assessment, audits, and follow-up.
2. Establishment of road safety units specializing in monitoring and improving the safety of the road network and the treatment of high-risk roads, including roads in urban areas and within residential neighborhoods in cities.
3. To understand the causes of traffic accidents, to adopt traffic impact studies for projects to be completed on roads, to adjust the technical specifications of pedestrian crossings to suit all segments of society (the elderly, the disabled, children, women and others) and to design effective road safety systems.
4. Supporting research and studies in the field of road traffic safety by strengthening partnership with the industry and relevant partners to develop platforms and systems to collect and analyze data that will provide the necessary information such as communications between vehicles to address road traffic safety problems related to environmental conditions and traffic safety solutions.
5. Preparation of legislation and infrastructure necessary for traffic safety in the new era of self-driving vehicles, vehicles capable of flying and independent systems related to roads.
6. Adopting innovative approaches to change and allocating the human and financial resources necessary to implement road traffic safety policies and strategies. This includes the promotion of a culture of road safety, support for the safe-system approach and principles of zero fatality, deepening public-private partnerships and mechanisms for innovative financing.
7. Address the needs of vulnerable road users through research, studies and safe design, as well as focus on the safety of the surrounding areas of schools. This also includes untroducing traffic safety within the curriculum of the Ministry of Education, especially in elementary schools.
8. Add or amend the Traffic Law regarding the obligation of vehicles to stop at the pedestrian crossings which are not controlled by the traffic signals.

9. Standardize the technical specifications of the traffic regulation regarding pedestrian crossings and signs for the country as a whole and for the Gulf countries, especially those related to the crossings at the pedestrian crossings to increase the attention of drivers and the use of modern techniques for pedestrian crossings such as electronic boards and remote sensing systems. 

10. Encourage capacity-building, training, and expansion of educational disciplines related to traffic safety at universities, transfer of knowledge, specifications and best practice to serve safe road infrastructure.