‏‎ MOT register 56 million road trips in March


·         A new indicator for measuring the Level of service (LOS).

·         The Ministry activated 212 Traffic Monitoring Units and at the end of March 2018.

·         Reduced the last month rate the exceeds the speed limit, Riyadh - Bishah and Ad-Dawasir - Riyadh roads are the highest.

·         Linking the Saher System, Traffic Monitoring Units, and kilometers signs

Reducing the accidents and injuries.


Riyadh: The Ministry of Transport posted the total number of trips on the Kingdom's roads during March, compared to last February which was increased by 21.7%.


The Ministry of Transport developed a new standard is used to analyze the highways by categorizing traffic flow and assigning quality levels of traffic based on performance measure like speed and density. Furthermore, increasing the number traffic monitoring units and link the kilometers signs and Saher System by the accident report.


A new indicator for measuring the Level of service (LOS).


This measure used two methods: the first, is analyzed the capacity of each lane group and estimate the total capacity of the link according to the number of lanes. Then calculate the rush hour traffic percentage in the morning and evening. The second, using the speed to estimate the service level on the basic freeway link. The traffic volume reduced as a result of the traffic jam. This reduces the traffic flow and reduction in the speed and in this case the speed is an indicator to estimate the service level.


The report pointed out the Jeddah-Makkah (Al Haramain) road recorded the highest daily traffic average, registered 99,464 vehicles (91,440 cars and 8,024 trucks). The peak hour was in the morning 8 AM and in the noon 5 PM. Makkah - Jeddah road came second with a daily average of 95,506 vehicles (89,290 cars and 6,216 trucks). The peak hour also was in the morning 8 AM and in the noon 4 PM.


Traffic Report is the basis of planning and coordinating.


The report shows the effective traffic monitoring devices, peak times, the speed rate and exceeded the speed limit for small cars and Heavy truck.

The ministry is interested in monitoring the traffic movement and announces the result through its monthly report that shows the average daily traffic on the Kingdom's road network.   

This report used to determine the next plan in expanding the construction of a road network according to the traffic density, analyzing the number of accidents and the rate of speed. This will help in prioritizing the high traffic road maintenance.

According to the report, the Ministry activate 212 Traffic Monitoring Units and at the end of March 2018 increased by 114% compared to last March.

The report pointed out that 93,316 vehicles enter Riyadh from Al-Qassim at a daily rate and the peak hour was at noon 12 PM and 11 PM. The average daily traffic in the last three months was 80,428 vehicles. The Riyadh entrance from Jeddah road record 64,206 vehicles as a daily traffic average.


Riyadh-Bisha and Wadi ad-Dawasir- Riyadh roads the highest in exceeding the speed limit

The Riyadh-Bisha road is still in the front of exceeding the speed limit, which cars exceeded 140 km / h, by 51%. Followed by Howta – Al Aflaj by 45%, then Sadawi - Ar Rafiea by 43%. The trucks exceed 100 km / h. Wadi ad-Dawasir- Riyadh in the front by 46%, followed by Riyadh - Bishah by 27%, then Al-Slail - Riyadh road by 26%.


The report compares the ratios of the speed limit exceeding, between December 2017 January, February and March 2018. The comparing showed in March 2018 the percentage becomes less compared with the previous three months especially December 2017. Riyadh - Bishah road recorded 28% compared to 52% December 2017, followed by Wadi ad-Dawasir - Riyadh road by 35% compared to 41%, Al-Slail - Riyadh road by 36% compared to 55%, Najran - Al-Slail road by 44% compared to 50%, Riyadh - Bishah road in the kilometers signs 500+59 by 44% compared to 48%, then Howta – Al Aflaj by 45% compared to 51% during December 2017. 

In March the number of accidents on highways was fell by 1% from the December 2017 rate recorded at the end of February 2018. While the accidents number in the single and dual roads decreased by 5%. According to the Ministry of Transport's open data, the decreased was in the most dangerous highways, including the Madina-Makkah road, Jeddah-Jazan road, Riyadh-Makkah road and Al Darb-Abha - Kharj -Batha roads.


Linking the Saher System reduces the highways accidents.


What notable is the average speed on these four roads decreased in the last March, by 1% to more than 11% and that what emphasized the effect of linking Saher System in reducing road accidents and enhancing the user's safety.

Jeddah - Jazan recorded the highest reduction in the speed average, where didn't exceed 91 km / h during March 2018, while the average in the last three months was 103 km / h by 11.65%.

This program provided accurate statistics and important information when discussing the roads improvement or duplication requests also in discussing the development. Also Improving safety standards and enhance road safety.


The Ministry of Transport provides the open data on all the traffic, service on roads levels traffic, and accidents through its website https://www.mot.gov.sa/.

Last updated: 1/13/2019 1:33 PM

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