H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has recently held a coordinative meeting with H.E. Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, during which the two parties discussed the implementation of the Heavy Vehicles Defects Clearing System (VDCS) which is aimed at enhancing road traffic safety level.
The system, which involves the introduction of surveillance systems and smart technologies, is intended to curb technical defects experienced by heavy vehicles, minimize traffic accidents triggered by heavy vehicles which are responsible for as much as 20% of total accidents reported in Dubai, and classify the risks of vehicles and operators through adopting a mechanism for calculating the probability of a vehicle/operator’s failure to comply with the standards set by the RTA.
At the start of the meeting, Al Tayer commended the huge cooperation perceived by the RTA from the General HQ of the Dubai Police, and the enhanced coordination towards law enforcement measures in a testament of the strategic partnership between the two sides, which contributes to improving & cementing this relationship continuously in the interest of all community segments in a way that reflects positively on the economic and social development drive witnessed by the Emirate of Dubai.
The VDCS is an integrated system of effective policies and smart technological applications that enables the RTA and the Dubai Police as well as the operators of heavy trucks to examine and analyze data pertaining to vehicle faults using vehicles & drivers risks and safety system at world-class standards. The RTA has carried out a comprehensive study in coordination with a specialist consultancy firm about the traffic safety of heavy vehicles using the ‘Maturity Model’ of heavy vehicles safety and benchmarked it against the practices of advanced countries. It has also constructed vehicles safety database, developed vehicles & drivers risks assessment system, and conducted a random testing of equipment and the remote tracking systems for various models and brands, ages and makes of heavy vehicles.
H.E. Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina commended the Vehicles Defects Clearing System adding that the system could realize the joint interests of various stakeholders, particularly firms operating heavy vehicles. “Through the system operators and owners of companies can identify attitudes of offending drivers, the operational condition of the truck, and the availability of the required safety stipulations such as the brakes, engine and tires, and accordingly take appropriate steps and decisions necessary for eliminating the occurrence of accidents or technical faults.”
Explaining the system, Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA Licensing Agency, said, “The system contributes to identifying vehicles incompliant with the traffic policies and rules, and according stopping offending vehicles on roads to calculate the risk rating of the vehicle by using inputs from the on-road technical testing, remote detection of faults and the annual technical inspection. Whenever a vehicle is inspected with no faults detected, it will be treated as compliant with the safety standards and awarded a rating of zero in every inspection where no faults are detected. Each inspection carried out to the vehicle will be considered as a single inspection and a point will be assigned in respect of each fault or offence, based on the gravity and detected faults. All points will be listed and a final rating out of ten will be assigned in addition to a colour-coded classification.”
“Upon the implementation of the system, the RTA will migrate from the conventional control and inspection of heavy vehicles to the smart monitoring through using data storage and analysis system, automation of inspection process through using sophisticated tablets for inspecting heavy vehicles, assessing & classifying risks of vehicle faults, setting guidelines and controls on vehicles & operators against whom major offences are reported, and issuing smart reports for assisting the analysis of factors underlying recurrence of offences and accidents,” added Bahrozyan.
The meeting was attended from the Dubai Police by Brigadier Dr. Mohammed Nasir Al Marzouki, Acting Director General of Inquiry and Criminal Investigations; and Colonel Jamal Mohammed Al Bannai, Assistant Director General of Traffic. From the RTA attended also Sultan Al Kutbi, Director of Monitoring & Enforcement, and Shihab Bu Shihab, Director of Legal Affairs.
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