The Egyptian government needs to extend more incentives to encourage individuals to convert their fuel-run vehicles to become eco-friendly, said Rebecca Payne, senior product manager of safety and insurance at Uber.
Payne’s comments came as an answer to Ahram Online’s question on the actions that Egypt needs to take to catalyse citizens into adopting eco-friendly vehicles in light of the recent initiative launched by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi that aims to convert fuel-run vehicles to natural gas-ones.
This came during the Uber Ignite virtual event that Uber launched on Tuesday to discuss using technology in transport safety.
The Uber Ignite series is a new series of talks that brings together thought leaders, regulators, corporates, start-ups, and innovators to collectively address a number of urban challenges in the MENA region.
She added that COVID-19 pushed all businesses to adopt new solutions using technology and digital instruments, adding that tapping these technologies to reduce road accidents is a crucial action that needs to be taken in all countries to save lives.
Meanwhile, Ali El-Atrash, co-founder and COO of Trella — a digital trucking marketplace that connects shippers to carriers across the Middle East and Africa — said that 10 percent of road accidents are caused by heavy-trucks, adding that 6 percent of these accidents lead to 10 percent of deaths.
He added that 90 percent of road accidents are a result of a human error.
In this regard, Ali asserted that adopting new technologies like hyperloops and other solutions will help eliminate or, at least, decrease road accidents and save lives.
For Egypt, Ali revealed that 95 percent of goods in the country are transported using heavy trucks, which reflects the danger that vehicles and their drivers face daily.
Naif T. Bin Hwail, the general manager for safety and service monitoring at the Transport General Authority in Saudi Arabia, affirmed that there is great room for the private sector to play a role in this regard through injecting investments in transport safety technologies.
Bin Hwail added that the ongoing coronavirus crisis has also alerted investors to new investment and venture opportunities that can serve people and benefit investors’ businesses as well.