Aramex Contributes to Road Safety Introduces Hikmat Road Safety Program
Aramex, the socially responsible transport and logistics provider, today announced its support of the ‘Hikmat Road Safety Program,’ a community initiative designed to help improve Jordanian road safety.
With the number of serious car accidents inflicted on Jordan’s streets today on the rise, the Hikmat Road Safety campaign is part of Aramex’s wider commitment to help make Jordan’s roads safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.
The company has set clear targets for community safety, which are outlined in its annual Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR), in addition to on-going training programmes and driver audits to help increase awareness of this important issue.
To support the campaign, Aramex has implemented a multi-layered program that includes securing school districts by building pedestrian bridges, pavements, speed bumps and other traffic precautionary facilities within them.
Aramex is also placing road awareness signs in designated pedestrian areas and has involved its ground couriers in this effort by giving them the responsibility of reporting to the Hikmat Road Safety Campaign on any roads not adhering to safety standards.
Triggered by the tragic death of Hikmat Qadoora, the 17 year old who lost his life in a heartbreaking road accident earlier this year, the program aims to help community and government institutions to diligently fight the number of traffic-related deaths within the country. Commenting on the company’s participation, Mr. Faraj Bassil, Aramex Country Manager in Jordan said: “We at Aramex are deeply committed to this program as we believe that it is our duty to lend a hand to the public sector to help make our community a safer place for everyone.”
According to statistics released by the Jordanian Public Security Forces, over 10,000 car accidents occurred in 2007, of which 1,000 people died another 18,000 were injured. Over the last decade, losses incurred from car accidents have been reported to exceed JD 1.7 billion.
The Hikmat Road Safety Program is currently under way in 23 schools including the Al Amin School, Abd Al Hamid Sharaf School and Safot School amongst others, and the project has been embraced by a total of 48 schools across the country.