RTA may hit trucks with extra time restrictions

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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.

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Posted by: DS Scotland

The RTA would do well to look at the European Construction and Use Directives. However, it must also be remembered that trucks are the lifeblood of commerce. Almost anything you own or use, has been on a truck at some point in it's life. Don't kill off your own supply line.

Posted by: paul

Not before time the RTA are to look at these heavy vehicles blocking roads. It is inconceivable that the authorities hear allow such heavy vehicles overloaded by three times their design weight and crawling along on public highways at 15 to 20 Km?s causing the whole traffic system to clog up. This is also one of the main contributing factors to traffic accidents when traffic flow has to de-accelerate from 100Km?s down to 15Kms when approaching backed up main road exits. Talk to both Europe/ USA traffic experts and they will tell you to you can not run such overloaded heavy vehicles with busy commuter traffic safely. These slow vehicles may not be directly be involved in the accident but indirectly involved,( think domino effect). RTA must also look more closely at the heavy vehicle and trailer maintenance, running 20/25year old vehicles with such heavy loads is asking for trouble with a capital T, hence the reason we have more vehicles turn over and rear end shunts her in Dubai that any where else in the Middle East. Poor and badly adjusted brake systems, worn out tyres, tankers with high center of gravity and ill designed tank baffles,( need I go on) let Dubai adopt the European or USA system of transportation of good and vehicle maintenance, by getting to the root cause and fixing it, you will then see a greater reduction in road accidents. Fitting a camera every 50 meters dose help stop the lunatic fringe and fill the police coffers.

Posted by: Owais Athar

This will really make a difference if strictly implemented.

Posted by: Jebel Ali Baba

Please RTA block access for Water Trucks and Labour busses at Jebel Ali Village Interchange between 7-9am and 5-7pm. It is unbelievable how these trucks are blocking all directions and kill our time and nerves.

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