A study conducted by the Ministry of Interior (MoI), represented by the General Administration of the Coast Guard and Border, has called on scooter users to adhere to rules and requirements of maritime safety.
The study revealed that most accidents of water scooters are due to several violations, including high speed, reckless driving, lack of caution and failure to follow the official
The study showed that the use of water scooters has increased over the past years, requiring users to ensure the safety conditions for these scooters before use.
The study stressed the importance that water scooter users put safety in their mind, and not to divert sites to enjoy water bikes to the racetracks and the galloping leading to serious injuries, and sometimes to death.
The MoI has asked users to be careful and to adhere to the maritime safety, and follow the instructions that preserve their lives and the lives of others, especially near beaches.
The MoI explained that the rescue patrols are present continuously in various Qatari beaches in order to maintain the safety of swimmers, and to provide assistance to the needy, stressing the sea users to co-operate and comply with instructions and guidelines for public safety.
The MoI pointed to several reasons why the use of water scooters is dangerous and sometimes fatal, including the lack of use of safety tools and equipment in general, and the misuse of driving for water scooters, speed, and failure to adhere to the legal age for driving, and the absence of lights when driving in the cases of fog or at low vision.
The ministry also pointed to the dangers of getting out of water scooters after sunset, and not setting their own registration numbers, not being familiar with the principles and basics of how to ride a water scooters, driving between two fixed or mobile marine platforms, ignoring the General Administration of the Coast Guard and Border on the safe use of scooters, lack of swimming skills, ignoring tidal waves, the direction and strength of sea and wind, lack of knowledge of the nature of the marine area in which the hobby of water bikes is practised, and the lack of safe distance between scooters at sea.
The MoI stressed the need to abide by the instructions issued by the General Administration of the Coast Guard and Border, and not to carry children during the practice of the hobby and make sure that the fuel in the scooter is enough to avoid stopping at sea, and that the user of the water scooter should know how to operate the scooter as it may malfunction if water infiltrate into the machine.
The Ministry urged users to leave a safe distance between water scooters in the marine area to avoid collision or fatal injuries. If large water scooters are used, the engine must be switched off before
reaching the coast.
The Ministry added that water scooters users are advised to communicate immediately with emergency or coastal security if the water scooter suddenly stops and not swimming with a water scooter to the beach “because that could endanger the
The General Administration of the Coast Guard and Border warned that the misuse of scooters could lead to undesirable consequences, citing some penalties applied to violators, including seizure of the scooter for a period not exceeding three
Projects cover roads, parking bays, pedestrian, bicycle lanes
Of the five citizens’ sub-divisions projects awarded yesterday by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), the Package 3 to cover approximately 1,355 plots of land in Al Kharaitiyat and Ezghawa, is worth QR671mn.
It includes 40km of roads, 4,200 parking bays, and 69km of pedestrian and bicycle lanes. This is in addition to building sewage, storm water drainage and treated sewage effluent (TSE) works.
A contract worth QR645mn was awarded for developing infrastructure for the citizens’ sub-divisions in Al Ebb and Leabib (Package 1).
The project is expected to serve 1,007 plots of land and includes implementing 26km of roads, 3,400 parking bays and 49km of pedestrian and cyclist lanes.
Also to be taken up there include the works for sewage, water drainage, and TSE networks.
The third contract worth QR551mn was awarded for developing citizens’ sub-divisions in Muaither West – Al Manaseer (Package 2). The project will serve 1,548 plots of land, and includes implementing 30km of roads, 11,000 parking bays and 120km of pedestrian and cyclist lanes.
For developing infrastructure for citizens’ sub-divisions in Muaither West – Al Manaseer (Package 3), a contract worth QR489mn was also awarded yesterday. The project covers 733 plots of land, and includes implementing 22km of roads. Pedestrian and bicycle lanes of 90km would also be laid. This is in addition to providing sewage, storm water drainage, and TSE networks.
A contract for QR356mn was also awarded for building infrastructure for the citizens’ sub-divisions in Al Mearaad and South West of Muaither
The project will serve 509 plots of land, and includes implementing around 18km of roads, and providing over 3,100 parking bays and around 35km of pedestrian and cyclist lanes. This is in addition to providing sewage, storm water drainage, and TSE networks.
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