Land Transport - Main Objectives
The Ministry of Transport & Road Safety has a dynamic role in Israel's economic growth and is partner to the major reforms being introduced into the economy.
Encouraging the Use of Public Transport
One of the main objectives of the Ministry of Transport&Road Safety is to create an efficient and attractive public transportsystem. The Ministry promotes the development of advanced public transport systems and encourages their use through mutually supportive traffic and parking policies.
- Expansion and development of the intercity rail network A multi-year rail development program costing $6 billion is underway to connect all major and medium-sized cities
- Development of metropolitan mass transit systems As a result of government decisions,the first light rail lines in metropolitan Tel-Aviv and in Jerusalem have been tendered out as BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) projects. The Jerusalem project will be completed by 2009; the Tel Aviv project by 2012
- Development of bus lanes on major routes leading into the main cities
- Reforms in the bus and taxi systems
- Reducing parking-availability norms, with priority given to public transport and demand management
Improved Management of the Road Network
Even extensive development of public transport systems cannot provide a solution for all Israel's land transport needs, which is why it is also necessary to invest further in the development, maintenance and operation of the road network.
- Relieving traffic congestion on major highways, mainly by widening existing roads
- Road safety improvements, including emphasis on properly maintained roads
- Separation of local and inter-city traffic, mainly by developing by-pass roads
- Ensuring sustainable development and reducing the environmental effects of traffic
- Implementation of modern systems for traffic control and management
The National Road Safety Authority
The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) is the independent statutory body responsible for promoting road safety. The main functions of the NRSA, as set out in the National Road Safety Authority Law (2006), are:
The new NRSA was created in January 2007 and will begin functioning in April, 2007.
- to supervise local authority activities regarding road traffic signs;
- to increase funding for local authority road safety activities;
- to advance and monitor improved transport infrastructure and safety measures on urban roads;
- to define a multi-year plan for reinforcing road safety, implemented by means of annual programs;to assist in funding the activities of the Center for Road Accident Victims;
- to promote, plan and carry out public information campaigns aimed at increasing road safety awareness among the public at large;
- to establish and direct a national information center for road safety information and research;
- to advise and assist the education system, throughout the entire educational framework, on theoretical content for traffic and road safety education, including necessary funding for educating all age groups;
- to advise the various aid and rescue operators on ways of improving efficiency and treatment of road safety victims;
- to assist in intensifying traffic regulation enforcement;
- to advise the Minister of Transport & Road Safety as well as the government on matters concerning road safety, vehicle safety and driver licensing.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 August 2009 14:39