1 in 6 people in Jordan owns a car — PSD

Heavy traffic jam is seen on the streets of the capital Amman during Eid Al-Adha. (Photo: Jordan News)
Heavy traffic jam is seen on the streets of the capital Amman during Eid Al-Adha. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — One in six people owned a vehicle in Jordan by the end of 2020, a recent report by the Public Security Directorate (PSD) said, up from one in 58 people in 1971.اضافة اعلان

The annual report on traffic accidents for the year 2020, brought to the forefront discussions on Jordan’s growing problem of traffic jams and the rising need for an effective public transportation system, just as the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project began operations on July 27, 11 years after construction works for the project began.

MP Hussein Al-Harasis, head of the Lower House’s Labor, Social Development and Population Committee, told Jordan News that this large increase in vehicle ownership in the Kingdom highlights the lack of a proper public transportation system.

Harasis noted that the Kingdom has good infrastructure, but it needs development.

"The roads are suitable, but the problem is in the entire transportation network. If we compare the whole scene with 1971, there has been no development since then. If the transportation network develops, the culture of people regarding vehicle ownership will change," the representative said.

The deputy said that a comprehensive developed transportation system cannot be limited to a single project without supporting tools.

“My suggestion is to create an integrated transportation system. I do not think that the BRT will solve the problem of the traffic crisis, because it needs to be supported. For example, there are no car parking at the stations and there is no transportation mechanism between parking lots and residential neighborhoods,” Harasis explained.

The MP stressed the efforts of the Lower House regarding Jordan’s traffic problem, and said that the representatives are constantly in discussions with the government and the Greater Amman Municipality over prioritizing this issue.

Car ownership rates have been on a steady rise, with the PSD traffic report showed similar statistics for the number of cars in relation to the population in 2019.

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