The key aims of this Conference were to achieve the following objectives which are ,Follow-up the UN Assembly Resolution and supporting the Moscow Declaration and keep the momentum maintained to improve safety . Create a platform to debate the Road Safety issues, concerns and how best to improve safety. Share experiences and best practice and learn from each other. Create collaborative working between different national, regional and international transport authorities and engender commitment to Road Safety from all disciplines involved. Organize future events and foster closer relationships between Transport Institutions, Academia, Vehicle manufacturers and governmental authorities. This applies also for road engineers, enforcing organizations, health sector etc.
The Conference had debated a myriad of subjects on Road Safety covering Data collection, Safety Equipment, Data analysis techniques, Safety Campaigns, Health and Safety issues, Road User Education, Traffic Engineering, Driver Training, Enforcement
techniques, licensing and registrations, Crash Recording Systems and Safety Audits, and Safety management and incident investigations. Moreover, technical and academic research papers were presented to the Conference. Experience on implementation of road safety improvements were discussed by peers.
The Abu Dhabi Road Safety conference concluded with understanding and declaration by all participants of their commitment and agreement on the following key issues, which are, Support the United Nation Decade of Action Declaration recommendations. Fostering collaborative working relationships between various National Ministries to safeguard public safety and reduce accidents on Roads; National Lead Agencies are supposed to guarantee this collaboration. Improve data collection, reliability and validity of data used to guide transport policies and interventions. Encourage technology and know-how transfer between nations in the cause of improving Road Safety. Raise the profile of Road Safety at a political level and encourage the drafting of Transport Laws to improve Road Safety.
Bringing all road safety planning elements together in a Strategy and Action Plan according to the Safe Systems approach like the Swedish “Zero Vision” should be encouraged, as well as a lead agency ensuring its execution. The free exchange of good practices in the region is taken up by the Middle East and North African Road safety Partnership (MENARSP) in which Governments, Civil Society, Academia and private sector collaborate. MENARSP has been initiated by UN ESCWA, GRSP and the private sector.
In the UAE, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has already taken initiatives on the advocacy of Road Safety Campaigns, development of National Transport Plan covering the entire country, improvement in collaborative working between different ministris, local transport authorities and Federal Government, encourage better driver training and strengthening transport institutional capacity through drafting of efficient Land Transport legislation to enable better transport policy instruments and regulations to be implemented. The NTA recognizes that more continual work is needed to advance Roads Safety.
The common theme of the Conference has been consistent in calling for better collaborative working of all organizations and disciplines and better data collection to prevent road crashes and reduce fatalities on roads.