Dubai's RTA in crackdown on poor safety records

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Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) is cracking down on companies whose drivers have poor safety records via a series of safety campaigns.

According to state news agency WAM, the agency has identified 268 companies that have a high rate of traffic violations.

The RTA will be stepping up its programme of on-site inspections, focusing especially on worn tyres, defective lights, and missing or unclear numberplates.

"Our large-scale inspection visits to various transport related sites and firms will impact the improvement of safe principles and mechanisms that enhance companies' consciousness of the dissemination of traffic safety, and a reduction in tragic accidents resulting from failure to inspect vehicles," said Nabeel Al Ali, director of the RTA’s monitoring and enforcement department.

The number of deaths on Dubai’s roads has risen this year, after a period of declines.

General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, head of Dubai Traffic Police, said 82 people had died on the emirate’s roads during the first six months of 2013, compared to 49 last year.

Statistics released by the police showed that Pakistani drivers were responsible for the most deaths (159 lethal accidents killing 19 people), followed by Indians (153 accidents killing 15 people).

In Abu Dhabi, a total of 24 people have been killed and 33 seriously injured as a result of 157 accidents on highways in and out of the emirate in the first six months of this year, figures show.

The statistics have prompted Abu Dhabi Police to urge workers living outside the UAE capital to find closer accommodation to curb traffic congestion.

Police said most of the 157 accidents between January and June occurred on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai and Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highways.

Most crashes occurred during peak times as motorists commuted to and from work.

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