Dubai to monitor taxi speeds in road safety move

Sensors are being fitted to taxi cabs to checks speeds; violating cabbies to face fines

Dubai's transport authority has announced a new initiative to monitor speeds of taxi drivers in the emirate.

The Public Transport Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said sensors are being fitted to taxi cabs in a bid to improve road safety.

The new initiative uses the AMAN system, which is a self-powered sensor for monitoring taxi speeds, the agency said in a statement.

"AMAN system is designed to provide complete control over the speed of taxis, which amount to 8,007 taxis distributed to five franchise companies linked to the system, in case drivers exceed the allowed speed limits in the Emirate," said Adel Shakeri, director of the Transportation System Department at RTA's Public Transport Agency.

He said the system grants only 60 seconds to the driver to reduce the speed to the allowable limit.

"In case the driver does not notice the grace period, the system gives an alert sound. In case of the driver's non-response, a ticket is to be issued for violating the allowed speed limits by taxis," he added.

The AMAN system also identifies the location where the speed violation occurred.

Shakeri said Dubai Taxi, Cars Taxi, Arabia Taxi, Metro Taxi, National Taxi, have all "expressed a considerable cooperation" to apply the system to their cars.

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Posted by: Gone in 60 seconds

It only takes a second for a speeding reckless taxi, driving way beyond the road limit to cause an accident, and he has 59 seconds to abuse the limit!

Posted by: tony

And the rest of us have unlimited time. To be honest, most cab drivers are better drivers than the majority of "us".

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