Jordan loses more than JD 0.84 million daily due to traffic-related accidents. Recent data show the average annual increase in the cost of traffic accidents is around 5%. Clearly, this imposes huge constraints on Jordan’s national economy. Addressing traffic-related accidents occurrence and creating safer mobility paradigms for people and goods through the RSCE is paramount and likely to lessen the overall cost of traffic accidents. Given the magnitude and seriousness of traffic-related accidents in Jordan and the MENA region as a whole, the center intends to be a major hub for traffic safety research and training in Jordan and the region. In Jordan, there is no national strategy for traffic safety. In addition, there is no sustained and well-structured effort aimed at addressing all the elements of traffic safety and coming up with long-term counter-measures. There is a clear need to develop medium and long-term national traffic safety strategies and to address traffic safety through educational, engineering, and preventive and corrective measures. The RSCE strive to lead efforts to address all these elements through well-structured research, workshops, training, and networking with other international institutions and partners. The center will benefit from the close cooperation with German and EU member States universities and institutions. More specifically, the RSCE will:
- create, share, and promote the needed knowledge and research in safer mobility, a key component of sustainable transportation, with close collaboration with its local and international partners.
- lead efforts in understanding all dimensions of traffic accidents and develop far-reaching safety strategies aimed at mitigating the occurrence of traffic accidents.
- play a key role in achieving national objectives. Some of these objectives relate to the preservation of human lives, the development of human resources, and creating sustainable development.
The German Jordanian University in cooperation with Hikmat Road Safety has established the Road Safety Center of Excellence in 2008. Our main activities revolve around Education, Engineering and Enforcement.
Innovate through dedication to create a new safety paradigm in the context of sustainable mobility and development.
To be recognized as a major hub for road traffic safety that engages in cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research, disseminates knowledge, and promotes safer mobility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
- Sharing of knowledge
RSCE MISSION ILLUSTRATED
RSCE is on a journey to reduce significantly the number of traffic accidents in relation to the transportation of passengers and goods. It covers people, vehicles, and infrastructure. The RSCE will help in the creation of smart and sustainable transport systems in Jordan. RSCE aspires to be the think tank in safe mobility for both people and goods. This mission is accomplished through:
- Developing a strategic road map of actions for RSCE
- Identifying German, and international potential partners who have a similar mission as RSCE
- Signing MoU’s with potential partners. The MoU’s will clearly spill out areas of collaboration and cooperation.
- Identifying key road traffic safety issues pertaining to the movement of people and goods and establish a list of priority of road traffic safety issues
- Conducting multi-disciplinary state-of-the-art research efforts. Potential research topics include drivers’ driving behavior, accident prevention strategies and automated driving paradigms, safety performance monitoring and evaluation, child passenger safety, distracted driving, vehicle safety features in the era of automated driving, and pedestrian infrastructure and behavior. The RSCE will utilize naturalistic driving data to observe and model the drivers’ driving behavior and the usage of safety features. The RSCE will collect and analyze accident data in order to identify sources of risk, behavioral-oriented research, and safety strategies.
- Seeking international funds to establish traffic safety simulation lab(s) and purchase other key facilities for training and research purposes.
- Seeking financial funds in collaboration with partner(s) to conduct state-of-the-art research effort as stipulated in the priority list indicated above
- Conducting well-structured international conferences workshops with the aim of presenting the latest knowledge and value in safe mobility with the collaboration of RSCE partners. Each conference or workshop will have its own theme that will be agreed upon with partners. Local scholars and practitioners will have the opportunity to present and disseminate their work and create the needed networking with other scholars from RSCE partners.
- Collaborating with “traffic safety postgraduate academic programs” in and outside Jordan.
- Developing wide-ranging training programs for traffic safety officials and conduct the related training in collaboration and funding from RSCE partners
- Developing a reach-out strategy to create community awareness with wide-ranging issues related to road traffic safety. It is crucial to building lines of communication between the different communities and the RSCE.