By Staff writer
Taxi accidents have declined by 62% in the past eight years, says RTA official
Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) will set up a driver monitoring system with on-board cameras to spot declining attentiveness or sudden sleeping of taxi drivers to avoid potential accidents, it has announced.
The move is part of the Road and Transport’s subsidiary’s plan to reduce taxi accidents further, which though have fallen by 62 percent in the past eight years.
Accident rates stood at 0.61 per 100,000 kilometres in 2009 and have dropped to 0.23 last year, matching Singapore, one of the best countries in terms of public transportation that has an accident rate of 0.20 per 100,000 km.
Dr Yousef Al Ali, CEO, Dubai Taxi Corporation, said the overall distance covered by its fleet reached 94 million km involving 48 million trips in 2016 by a fleet of 5,000 taxis, driven by over 11,000 cabbies.
Among the safety-driven initiatives introduced are “Brake Plus” system where a four-way flasher system automatically operates once the driver applies the brake to slow down or suddenly stop, which minimises the chances of rear side collisions.
The DTC has also put a 120 kilometres per hour speed cap on highways to all taxis, and identified spots witnessing recurrent accidents to analyse the causes and introduce remedial measures.