The Hikmat Road Safety Foundation (HRS) received the Outstanding Innovation Award from the International Road and Transport Union (IRU), during the general assembly meeting held in Geneva on the 5th of November 2010. The award comes to recognize the vital role played by the foundation in promoting public road safety principles in the Kingdom and its unwavering commitment to decreasing the frequency of traffic accidents and the human and material casualties they entail.
The General Manager of the Royal Automobile Club of Jordan (RACJ), Huda Qasim, received the award on behalf of Maher Qaddoura, the founder of HRS, RACJ being a member of the International Road Transport Union. Qasim expressed her pride at the idea of a Jordanian institution receiving such an honor, saying: "This award constitutes a badge of honor and an apt recognition of the impressive track record of accomplishments achieved by Hikmat Road Safety Foundation, which works tirelessly to promote awareness amongst citizens on one of the most pressing issues in our society. The organization's steadfast commitment to change emerges clearly in the awareness campaigns and events it organizes, which have contributed substantially to reducing the percentage of traffic accidents nationwide."
Qaddoura echoed Qasim's sentiments, underscoring the fact that this award comes as a great honor to HRS and a vindication of its commitment to road safety. "This honorary award from IRU not only acknowledges our efforts towards securing safer traffic conditions but the efforts of all organizations and individuals who support our cause, primarily the Jordanian Traffic Department, the Ministry of Education, the Greater Amman Municipality and the Jordanian people. I would like to express my gratitude to UTIP and to RACJ for nominating us for this award in the first place."
RACJ held a private celebration to deliver the award to Qaddoura, which was also attended by the upper management of HRS, the Road Safety Committee at RACJ and several of the club's members.
RACJ is a private club established in 1953 as a non-profit organization and is a member of the International Road Transport Union and the International Automobile Federation, the Jordanian Tennis and Squash associations. The club organizes a number of sports, awareness and training activities, and is one of the most active organizations in the arena of public road safety in Jordan. It is the sole body in the Middle East as "Accredited Training Institute" accredited by IRU Academy and authorized to issue Carnets de Passage en Douane and International Driving Permits, both essential requirements for foreign travel by car. The club is a full member of the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) and the Sole issuer of Tir Carnet.
HRS was launched by Al Joud Foundation for Scientific Sponsorship with the objective of reducing the number of fatalities and injuries resulting from traffic accidents in the Kingdom. The foundation works towards its objective by liaising between local volunteers and various public institutions operating in the arena of road safety. The foundation aims to develop, finance and monitor projects that secure safer roads for citizens, particularly in areas surrounding schools and residential zones.