Road accidents in Oman rise 19.9% compared to 2012: NCSI


Muscat Daily –  

By Madhuparna Bhattacharjee 
May 09, 2013
Muscat –

The year 2013 has not begun on a positive note in terms of road accidents.

Comparison of data for January-February 2012 (1,141) and the same period this year (1,368) shows a 19.9 per cent increase in the number of such accidents.

However, the number of deaths have shown a decrease from 150 last year to 137 this year over the two-month period, according to the latest National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) bulletin which contains figures from ROP’s Directorate General of Traffic.

The number of injuries from road accidents have seen a 0.3 per cent rise (1,799 in January-February 2012 and 1,804 in 2013), according to sources at ROP’s Directorate General of Traffic.

The total number of those injured last year, according to ROP sources, was 10,940. Of these, 8,711 were Omanis and the rest expatriates.

This year, 1,026 persons were injured in January and 778 in February.

The total number of accidents in the year 2012 was 7,798.

“January this year witnessed 742 accidents, while 626 were recorded in February,” said the sources.

The data classifies the injured into Omani and expatriate men and women, and shows a 1.6 per cent drop in the number of Omani men injured in accidents (971 in 2012 to 955 in 2013), and a 11.1 per cent fall in Omani women injured (488 to 434).

However, the same cannot be said for expatriates.

There has been a 22.1 per cent rise, comparing data for January-February 2012 (340) to 415 this year.

A shocking 116.7 per cent rise was seen in injuries from road accidents among expatriate women in 2013 (78 cases) compared to the same period last year (36).

Injuries among expatriate men till the end of February last year stood at 304, while the same period this year registered a 10.9 per cent rise with 337 cases.

According to the Directorate General of Traffic, road accident deaths among Omanis dipped by 14 per cent during the January-February period this year, while that among expatriates surged by 4.7 per cent.

The total number of expatriates killed during January-February last year was 43, which rose to 45 in 2013.

The total number of foreign nationals killed in accidents in 2012 stood at 379 – 334 men and 45 women.

Contrary to the number of accidents, there has been a decline of 10.8 per cent in the total number of new vehicles registered in the country as compared to last year.

“22,575 vehicles were registered by the end of February in 2012, and the figure this year is 20,136,” the data says.

While there has been an increase in the registration of commercial vehicles (41.6 per cent), motorbikes (35.3 per cent) and tractors (6.7 per cent), registration of all others like private, rental, taxis, diplomatic, government and driving school vehicles has seen a fall.