RTA discusses with Dubai Police bus dedicated lanes, start of pool vehicles trial run

May 29, 2014 11:30 am

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 Mazinah, Commander in Chief of Dubai Police, during which they discussed traffic accidents management, traffic diversions at Al Safouh Street, dedicated bus and taxi lanes, and the trail run of pool vehicles project.

At the start of the meeting, Al Tayer praised the high-level cooperation perceived from the General HQ of the Dubai Police, and the active coordination of traffic management and enforcement measures.

“These meetings are held in implementation of the MoU between the RTA and Dubai Police, and cement the strategic partnership relationships between the two parties established under a corporate system capable of continuously uplifting this relationship in the interest of all community segments as well as the economic and social development drive in the Emirate,” said Al Tayer.

H.E. Major General Al Mazinah stressed the importance of coordination and continual communication between the General HQ of Dubai Police and the RTA; which contributed to improving the traffic safety level, carrying out several joint campaigns, and sharing expertise & practices between the two parties.

It has been agreed during the meeting to set up a work team headed by H.E. Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Assistant Commander of the Dubai Police for Operation Affairs, with members including Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, and a host of officials from the RTA and Dubai Police. The Team is tasked to work out a methodology, appoint a consultant to assess the current situation of traffic accidents management, and suggest technical solutions capable of leveraging accidents management plan at world-class standards in this field.

“The material cost of delay resulting from traffic accidents constitute a huge burden on the Emirate of Dubai,” said Al Tayer.

“Road authorities in economically advanced countries, such as the USA and Britain, had set up teams tasked with the management of traffic accidents in collaboration with the Police, Ambulance and Civil Defence departments. These teams are held responsible for making instant response to accidents, managing traffic movement in the scene of the accident and neighbouring streets, protecting the site and evacuation staff, clearing the road as quick as possible, and averting secondary accidents,” he added.

During the meeting it was agreed to study the trial implementation of the pool vehicles project (used by two or more persons) on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and Emirates Road in a bid to diffuse a mobility culture of transiting more than one person per vehicle; which would eventually contribute to reducing the number of vehicles traveling on the streets of the Emirate.

The meeting also discussed work progress in the dedicated public bus and taxi lane with the aim of shortening the time taken by taxis to reach customers, improving and the on-time bus timetables, reducing direct and indirect operational costs, minimizing the emission of pollutions, and adopting best-in-class international practices in running public transport systems. It was agreed that the RTA would activate the system of offences on private vehicles using dedicated bus lanes through surveillance system on board public buses or cameras. The RTA is currently working on establishing a link between the bus route surveillance system with the RTA offence code.

The meeting also discussed traffic diversions at Al Safouh Street required to complete construction works and embarking of trial runs of the Dubai Tram. The RTA started the implementation of the traffic diversions on Al Safouh Street in a sector between the intersection of the Dubai Media City up to the bridge leading to the Jumeirah Beach Residence. Works started in mid of May and will continue on the three intersections up to the mid of July this year. The traffic diversions have been designed in a way that maintains the same number of lanes in all parts of the traffic diversion, and ensuring the provision of turning openings in certain parts where some traffic movements had been abolished. It has been agreed to stage traffic patrols in the site of the traffic diversion to streamline the traffic flow in the area in order to avoid congestions during morning and evening peak hours.

The meeting was attended from the Dubai Police by H.E. Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Assistant Commander of Dubai Police for Operation Affairs, Brigadier Anas Al Matroushi, Director of Transport and Rescue; and Colonel Dr Mohammed Nasser Al-Razzuqi, Deputy Director of Police Stations and Guard Posts. From the RTA attended Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency; Dr. Yousef Al Ali, CEO of Public Transport Agency; Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Licensing Agency; and Hussain Al Banna, Director of Traffic.