A Kingdom memo explains the ongoing traffic problem


Published: 2017-05-16 16:27

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 23:39

Even Amman's side roads aren't spared from heavy traffic.
Even Amman's side roads aren't spared from heavy traffic.

If you’ve been experiencing Amman’s surmounting traffic problem in recent times, an announcement by the Central Traffic Department (CTD) may be of interest.

Astonishingly, there are around one million cars driving up and down the streets of the Jordanian capital. This is despite the roads only being able to accommodate 300,000 vehicles, according to CTD Director Brig. Gen. Sameer Bino.

While the whopping car count is the obvious driving force behind the congestion, CTD lays the blame on the many shopping malls scattered around the city. Hundreds of Ammanis spend their free time at these leisure destinations, thereby creating heavy traffic when their cars wait in line for a spot check at mall security.

Thankfully, the CTD is planning to be in the driving seat to combat the congestion: by sending civilian patrol cars out undercover during Ramadan and high season. Doesn’t that mean more cars on the road?

The CTD hasn’t disclosed whether street patrols will only operate within the vicinity of shopping malls, or if they will extend to areas with schools, hospitals, mosques, churches, food joints and governmental buildings, which tend to be extremely crowded all year round.