Dh1.4m lost in traffic jams per year: study

DUBAI — About Dh1.4 million is lost per year in traffic jams mainly due to the loss of working hours and fuel consumption on the roads, according to a study conducted by Jassem Rasoul, the Manager of Dubai Islamic Bank.

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Published: Fri 22 Jul 2005, 11:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:52 PM

Rasoul pointed out that the construction of bridges and widening of streets alone will not solve the problems of traffic congestion.

Instead, he called for greater co-operation between the various emirates to curb the trend by restricting the number of vehicles on the road.

According to Rasoul, the four major factors that contribute to traffic bottlenecks are — increasing number of vehicles in the UAE, car-loan facilities offered by banks, the ease with which cars can be obtained and the booming sales of new cars.

The study proposed that a system must be implemented to restrict the number of cars owned by each family and also determine the number of new cars sold by agencies. In addition, the number of second-hand cars that find their way into the market should be controlled and car owners should be provided public transportation, said the study.

It also highlighted that road traffic can be drastically reduced by providing transport facilities to banks and companies that employ a large number of people. This would automatically bring down the number of vehicles on the road since people travelling to the same destination can make use of a single vehicle, the study added.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Director-General of the Department of Traffic in Dubai, said the department is working on ways to reduce traffic accidents that occur in the emirate.

He told Arabic daily Al Khaleej that the strategic traffic vision which was put forward and endorsed by the general headquarters of Dubai police was based on making city roads among the safest ones in the world through reduction of traffic accidents and risk levels.

According to the Dubai traffic statistical report, the number of registered vehicles were at 570,449 of which 532,245 were private cars, 5,128 taxis, 24,260 public transport vehicles and 429 for diplomatic corps.

There is one car for two people in Dubai, he said, stating the municipality record.

About the traffic accidents, Zafeen said that 40 per cent of those killed in the traffic accidents in the emirate were pedestrians, citing that the high death rate among the pedestrians was due by the random crossing of streets.

He said excessive speed was the main factor in traffic accident deaths, particularly in cases where safety belts were not put on or the drivers were not paying attention.

Zafeen said 80 per cent of the traffic accidents which occur on highways are caused by high speed.

He said that these accidents could be reduced through medium speed or specified speed limits.

The Department of Traffic in Dubai plans to reduce the traffic accidents on the highways to six per cent, he said.

Zafeen highlighted the role of media in regard to public awareness about traffic accidents, adding that Press role was not less than that of the departments in regard to awareness.

He called on imams and mosque preachers to refer in their sermons to the grievous injuries and financial damages inflicted by traffic accidents on people.

Zafeen said that statistics show that 108 people were killed in traffic accidents in the first half of this year in Dubai, compared to 110 deaths in the same period last year.

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