The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) may introduce further time restrictions for truck drivers travelling round the emirate to alleviate traffic congestion, it announced on Tuesday.
Truck drivers are currently prohibited from hitting some roads at 6.30am to 8.30am and 1pm to 3pm.
Driving from 5.30pm to 8pm is also banned in a bid to reduce traffic across Dubai.
But, the RTA has said it might extend the timings and restrict travel on certain roads in Dubai following a recent study into traffic movements.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the RTA, said banning trucks from Emirates Road between 6am to 10pm could reduce the number of heavy vehicles on the road to 700 during peak hours.
He added the time restriction may cut the number of truck movements on the road by 9,000 a day.
“It will also divert more traffic to both Al Khail Road off the peak hours applicable on this road, and the Bypass Road,” Al Tayer said during a meeting with Khamis Mattar al Mazena, deputy general commander of Dubai Police.
“The trip time will also drop, despite the extended distance due to the higher average speed levels at Dubai Bypass Road compared to Emirates Road.
This option will be reconsidered upon completion by the RTA of improvements underway at junctions and completion of the required roads linking Emirates Road with Dubai Bypass Road.”
Designating specific roads for heavy vehicles, establishing rail lines to transport cargo and building dry port and cargo assembly distributions centres is also being considered.
Elsewhere, bus lay-bys where drivers can park their trucks and get home using public transport was mooted by al Mazina.
He added any time restrictions or plans involving truck drivers must not comprising Dubai’s standing as an “important shipping and distribution center in the region”.
As part of the Dubai traffic study, the RTA carried out site surveys, interviews and workshops with industry-related departments and companies.