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New timings for driving schools to ease traffic

A Staff Reporter
Filed on September 26, 2006

DUBAI To reduce traffic congestion during peak hours, driving institutes have been asked by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to change their timings, said a senior RTA official, while issuing a list of new timings.

During Ramadan, RTA has directed training institutions to change timings for light vehicles from 9.30am to 1pm and resume from 2.30pm until 5pm.

RTA has also banned training of all categories of drivers on the main streets in Dubai at all times. The ban includes the streets of Shaikh Zayed, Shaikh Rashid and the Al Ittihad roads.

Engineer Maitha bin Adai, CEO, Traffic and Roads Agency, said that the steps aim to alleviate congestion on the roads of Dubai, especially because it increases during Ramadan as office traffic converges with the closure of businesses in the afternoon.

The RTA has asked the training institutions to cooperate and adhere to the new procedures.

For light vehicles, the new timings from Saturday to Thursday will be 8am to 1pm, then from 3pm until 5pm. The timing on Friday will be from 7am until 11am, and on public holidays from 7am to 3pm. Heavy vehicles training timing from Saturday to Thursday will be 8:30am to l1pm, and from 3pm to 5pm.

On Fridays and public holidays, training starts from 8 am until 1pm and resumes from 3pm to 5pm.

The same timing will be implemented for the heavy vehicles training during Ramadan except for the beginning of training in the afternoon, starting from 3pm and continuing until 5pm.

The RTA has also announced change in timings of trucks and heavy vehicles movement in Dubai during Ramadan.

According to the new rules, the ban extends from 7.30am up to 11pm and depends on the area and road.

Bin Adai said that the restrictions of the new timing strictly prohibit the movement of the heavy vehicles from 7.30am up to 9.30am on most of Dubai roads while the afternoon timings will remain as before Ramadan i.e from 1pm up to 3pm. Changed evening timings start from 5.30pm up to 8.30pm.

She explained that the decision to change truck timings was to prevent passage of trucks on all main roads of Dubai from 7.30pm to 11pm including on Shaikh Zayed road, part of Shaikh Rashid road (from Za'abeel Tunnel upto Al Garhoud Tunnel), Al Ittihad road, and the downtown roads.

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