The Licensing Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to launch the Vehicles Safety Dynamics (VSD) and Telematics in the last quarter of this year, as part of the Vehicle Defect Clearing System (VDCS) project. Such a project is compatible with the strategic vision of the UAE in general as regards improving the traffic safety level, curbing heavy vehicle accidents, and stepping up the road security and safety.
Sultan Al Kutbi, Director, Monitoring and Enforcement of RTA’s Licensing Agency, commented on the project saying: “In keeping with its commitment to boost the road security & safety, and minimize heavy vehicle-related accidents, the RTA has recently embarked on the implementation on the VDCS project aimed at eliminating the negative impacts of faults sustained by heavy vehicles. The project mechanism is built on developing an integrated system comprising effective policies and smart technological applications enabling a thorough examination and analysis of data pertaining to vehicle faults using vehicles & drivers risks and safety system at world-class standards. Such a move is particularly relevant as the RTA is working tirelessly to introduce smart applications & technologies matching to the vision of the senior leadership to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world within less than three years.”
Explaining the VDCS project, Al Kutbi said: “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 in line with the practices of advanced countries. It has also constructed vehicles safety database, developed vehicles & drivers assessment system based on the UK’s Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), and conducted a random testing of equipment and the remote tracking systems for various models and brands of heavy vehicles.”
“Considering that about 279 accidents were caused by heavy vehicles (trucks) over the past period, the project is aimed at enhancing the traffic safety of public roads through introducing smart monitoring systems & technologies to curb technical faults of heavy vehicles, and strengthen the infrastructure of the Dubai Emirate in particular, and the UAE in general; which in turn will minimize the financial, human and environmental impacts caused by heavy trucks.”
“To start with, 30 telematics will be operated to ensure the elimination of faults sustained by heavy vehicles during an experimental period ranging from 3 to 6 months, a comprehensive assessment of the experience will be made, and feedbacks will be obtained from the concerned firms before being generalized.
“The VDCS is based on the Faults Detection System aimed at boosting the traffic safety on public roads through entering the particular details of the vehicle such as the road inspection, remote fault detection and periodic inspection. Afterwards, faults eliminated following a subsequent audit, and production of heavy vehicles database.
“The RTA implements Operators & Vehicles Risks Rating mechanism to work out the extent of the vehicle or operator’s compliance with the standards set by the RTA. Vehicles risk rating level is calculated using the data provided by the road technical inspections, 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.”
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