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Saudi Arabia plan US$530 million ITS spend

The total cost of traffic technology plans for Saudi Arabia could be as high as US$530 million, according to the director general of the country’s traffic department, Maj. Gen. Fahd al Bishr.

A camera-based traffic monitoring system will begin operations early in 2009, following a six-month public awareness campaign. Road deaths currently cost the country the equivalent of 5% of its gross domestic product. Enforcement will be strict and violators caught on camera will have to pay their fines before they can renew their passports, resident permits, work permits, vehicle permits or driving licences. “The new project will help identify and locate cars wanted by police, including stolen cars and cars driven by suspected criminals,” says Al Bishr.

In November 2007, Telvent of Madrid was awarded the contract to implement traffic management solutions in the cities of Jeddah, Medina and Mecca (see: Saudi Arabia opts for US$130 million Telvent solutions).

January 25, 2008

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