117 bicycles in Sharjah seized for flouting rules

Some of the drivers were caught taking a U-turn at unauthorised places. They were also found driving without wearing helmets and phosphoric jackets.



By Afkar Abdullah - Principal Correspondent

Published: Sat 18 Apr 2015, 11:28 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:21 PM

Sharjah — The Sharjah Police have seized 117 bicycles which caused disturbances to road users in the emirate.

The action came as part of the awareness and inspection campaign aimed at reducing accidents and ensuring safety.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Ahmed bin Darwish, Director of Traffic and Anjad Patrol, said most of the riders were caught riding bicycles against the direction of traffic ignoring the safety rules. The practice has contributed to increasing traffic accidents recently, he said.

“Some of them were caught taking a U-turn at unauthorised places. They were also found driving without wearing helmets and phosphoric jackets,” he said

Bin Darwish said his department is keen on spreading awareness among people driving bicycles and motorbikes about the safety rules and safety equipment, and the dangers of riding two-wheelers in the opposite direction.

He pointed out that the police had confiscated 1,700 bicycles in 2014. Over 40 accidents were caused by motorcyclists in various parts of the emirate during this period.

The campaign will continue throughout the year. Bin Darwish added that most of the time the motorbikes were used by those working for restaurants and courier companies and by sports people.

He urged all bicycle riders to follow safety regulations.

Most of the accidents occur when they fail to pay attention while entering roads, riding between cars and in the opposite direction, he said.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com


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