RTA's new plan to tackle rogue motorists

Transport chiefs in Dubai to set up training centre for drivers who lack traffic skills.
DANGEROUS PLACE: The UAEs roads have been ranked among the worlds most dangerous. (Getty Images)
By Rob Morris
Mon 29 Jun 2009 06:22 AM

Transport chiefs in Dubai are set to re-educate drivers who are failing to comply with the rules of the road due to their basic understanding of traffic regulations.

In an emailed response to Arabian Business, the Roads and Transport Authority confirmed it would establish a training centre for learners and licensed motorists to address Dubai’s low driving standards.

“Drivers lack basic knowledge and compliance with traffic rules and regulation,” Ali Al Jasim, director of the RTA’s driving licensing department, said.

“The awareness centre will focus on educating the drivers and enhance their driving knowledge and skills by providing them with necessary lectures as needed.”

He added statistics for the number of traffic accidents so far this year compared with the same period in 2008 were unavailable.

Al Jasim said the training would last between one to two months and may involve costs that the participants have to pay.

Introducing theory and hazard perception tests have also been mooted, according to Al Jasim.

“Some policies and projects are related to new drivers and others focus on licensed motorists, and as mentioned they are planned and in the study phase,” Al Jasim said.

No further details were given about the training involved or when the centre would open. It is also unclear whether licensed drivers that have committed road violations will have to undergo training.

Earlier this month, RTA Licensing Agency CEO Ahmed Bahrozyan revealed several projects would be introduced to “update driver training and qualification policies”.

When discussing the RTA’s plan to introduce a training centre, he said: “A comprehensive awareness centre will be established to educate old and new drivers in an effort to refine the driving attitudes of those drivers who show remarkable rates of incompliance with driving and traffic rules.”

Bahrozyan also said the RTA would issue temporary licenses to new drivers, hold night time driving classes and introduce compulsory eye sight tests for learners.

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