Oman Qatar Insurance Company’s Road Safety Monitor highlights widespread concern about the state of roads and driver behavior in Oman
OQIC Insured (Oman Qatar Insurance Company) today announced the results of the Road Safety Monitor, which is a bi-annual survey done by YouGov for OQIC Insured, to gauge driver perceptions about the roads and traffic in Oman. This is a regional initiative which originated from the partnership with RoadSafetyUAE. The survey revealed widespread concerns about the state of roads and driver behavior in Oman in spite of improvements in road infrastructure.
Commenting on the OQIC Insured Road Safety Monitor, Ewen McRobbie, CEO, Oman Qatar Insurance Company said: “We are proud to introduce this unique long term perception study in Oman. The results reflect the genuine apprehensions of Oman residents and point towards an urgent need for all stakeholders to work together to improve safety standards on Oman roads. We need to create effective road safety campaigns which can help influence driving behaviour and convince motorists to adopt safe driving practices on a consistent basis.”
Survey highlights infrastructure improvements and also an increase in reckless driving:
Respondents now feel that there is more reckless driving behavior and a larger increase in distracted drivers. While the government works hard to improve road facilities, the driving culture is seen as a big challenge.
The study is the first stage of an ongoing approach to quantify perception trends of motorists about infrastructure, the overall driving enjoyment, commute time, driving behavior (linked to the main causes of accidents, injuries and fatalities), fines & accidents.
The perception trends are measured for the last 6 months and are based on the views of a representative sample amongst Oman residents.
Frederik Bisbjerg, Executive Vice President, MENA Retail, Qatar Insurance Company explains, “Safer roads are a benefit for all including families, businesses, government and insurers. As one of the leading insurers, we have a real opportunity to play a part in influencing how people drive. The government promotes safe driving and fines reckless drivers when they break the rules, and we as an insurer can offer safe drivers a ‘carrot’ in the form of lower insurance premiums. This monitor is an important step in understanding how OQIC Insured can play a role for safer roads in the Sultanate of Oman”.