Welcome to Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center

Road traffic accidents have major societal, health, environmental and economic impacts on Qatar's economy. Moreover, the accidents cause significant delays and traffic congestions. The expected increase in population and special events that occur in Qatar on regular basis as well as the above impacts have prompted the College of Engineering, Qatar University to establish Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center (QTTSC) to conduct extensive studies and analysis of accidents data and information in order to significantly reduce such road accidents. The studies will be comprehensive in that they will include studies related to patterns of accidents, factors that contribute to road accidents, drivers' attributes and others as well as recommendations for approaches that result in an improved road safety. It will focus its activities on three major areas: Road User Behavioral Change, Vehicle Safety and Biomechanics and Road Engineering and Environment. The center will be housed and managed by the College of Engineering and its funding will be obtained from different sources including Qatar University, Companies and Government Agencies.

Important Events

Quick Facts

  • The total number of registered vehicles increased in Qatar from 130,000 in 1996 to around 1,000,000 in 2014.
  • The total number of licenses in Qatar increased from 26,000 in 1996 to 688,000 in 2014.
  • In 2012 and 2013, every year 94% of the total licenses in Qatar are for “light vehicles” and 88% of these licenses are for “Male”.
  • Highest number of new licenses are registered in “September & December” months for 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • During 1995-2014, the average of annual growth rate of Qatar’s population is 8.38%, registered vehicles are 16.42%, license is 27.20%, and road traffic accident is 14%.
  • During 1995-2014, the growth rate of injuries and fatalities resulted of road accidents is 13.10% and 5.61% respectively.
  • Since 1998, most of accident fatalities (40% on average) tend to be among “Drivers”. 
  • In the past 2 years, fatal accidents tend to increase in weekends and Sundays and between 6:00PM and 12:00AM.
  • During 2009-2013, accidents in Ramadan increase between hours 9:00PM and 3:00AM and Accidents are in its minimum in weekends (Friday and Saturday).
  • Qatar is the 4th of lowest accident fatalities rate in Middle East and 3rd in Arab countries.
  • Since 1996, 49% of accidents fatalities are among population who are between 20-40 years old. 
  • The average growth rate of accidents fatalities among 20’s and 30’s aged population had been rising (14% annually).
  • Since 2007, around 77,000 accidents were registered due “not leaving enough space” and around 61,000 are due “neglect”.
  • “Neglect and lack of precaution”, “Deviation of the Road”, and “pedestrian crossing the road” the main 3 causes of fatal accidents in Qatar during 2007-2013.
  • During 2007-2013, more than 650 accidents were registered due excusive speed in Qatar.
  • During 1998-2013, most of pedestrian sever injuries and death are among non-Arab foreign nationalities (72% on average) and specifically among Nepalese and Indians.
  • Most of fatal and sever injuries accidents are located in “Al Shamal” area then in the “Industrial” area,  where Speed is main cause of accidents in these areas.
  • Most of slight injuries and physical damages are located in “Madinat Khalifa” area  , where accidents are mainly due to traffic congestions.
  • In “Al Shamal” area, accidents are located on highways near road exits or due to excusive speed.
  • In “Industrial” area, most of accidents are located on intersections and due speeding.

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