By Andy Sambidge
Authorities agree to set up trial operation of units on main Dubai roads in bid to cut the cost of congestion
Traffic accident management units, operated by Dubai Police and the emirate's transport authority, are set to be established to reduce the impact of road crashes on the local economy.
The units are intended to provide traffic support during crashes, to ensure the rapid clearance of vehicles as well as broken down vehicles in a bid to ease traffic congestion.
The proposal to set up the units were discussed at a recent joint meeting between police and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The two parties are expected to set up of a joint operations room, with a tentative agreement reached to define the roles and responsiblities.
They have also agreed to start a trial of the unit, lasting up to two years, in sectors of the Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and a 100km-long sector of the Dubai–Al Ain Road.
The move comes as a study showed that the cost of traffic congestion in Dubai is estimated at AED3.5 billion per year, including AED1.8 billion attributed to snarl ups triggered by traffic accidents.
This means that traffic accident-related tailbacks account for up to 51 percent of the total cost of congestions whereas this rate in countries with advanced traffic systems is as low as 25 percent.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, hailed the strategic partnership between the RTA and Dubai Police.
“We are keen on leveraging this relationship in a way that serves all community segments and reflects positively on the economic and social development drive in the emirate," he said.
Patchwork yet again ???!!!! Why doesnt the RTA take on the responsibility of road safety and a higher standard of driving tuition. Presently the system is run by Indian tuition which definitely is not working BUT ITS CHEAP. The local Emirati population do not get lessons and when they are in a car are above the law - their youth are exceptionally dangerous drivers and this is well understood within the UAE.
IF the standards of managing traffic on the roads were raised this cost on the economy would drop, if the standards of tuition was raised to a British Standard you wouldn't find half the developing world populations driving in Dubai in the wrong lanes which causes accidents and tailbacks and costs the economy lost of money. I cannot believe how fast school buses drive and always in the wrong lanes of Sheik Zayed Rd - this has to be poor education !!
Please Dubai stop patch working and invest in proper eductation and stricter standards - we have a world reputation for dangerous road