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Dubai entities recognised for helping to reduce traffic congestion

Public, private entities honoured at Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 26 Feb 2015, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:29 PM

Mattar Al Tayer and Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with officials at the seventh Edition of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport. - KT photo by Dhes Handumon

Dubai - Investment towards infrastructure in the transport sector is essential and so is involving the private sector in undertaking mass transit systems, said Ray LaHood, former Secretary of US Department of Transportation. The transport sector also plays a huge role in creating jobs for youth, he said.

Speaking at the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) 2014 on Wednesday, organised by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA), LaHood said that a high-speed light rail system is highly beneficial in easing the movement of people, and said that transport authorities will benefit immensely by tackling the future developments and generations of various transit systems, particularly rail networks.

Under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Establishment, decorated entities, businesses and individuals winning the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) 2014. The award is one of the initiatives launched by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to stimulate public and private entities to contribute to reducing traffic congestion and protecting the environment.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid presents an award to Major-General Mohammed Al Marri, Director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, at the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport. — KT photo by Dhes Handumon

LaHood praised the huge strides made by the UAE in general and Dubai Emirate in particular in providing an infrastructure and transport systems that stands out as a model to be emulated in the region.

LaHood spoke about the challenges he encountered during his tenure as Secretary of US Department of Transportation in realising President Obama’s vision for a sustainable public transport system in America.

Award winners

DP World clinched the first position in the Mobility Management category for the DP World Traffic Management Centre project which plays a key role in the smooth traffic flow in Jebel Ali area. The centre monitors the traffic movement at Jebel Ali Port, operates patrols and provides assistance during emergency cases. Emirates Airline was the runner-up for the project Cabin Crew Transportation and the Department of Residency and Foreigners Affairs came third for its Working from Home initiative.

In the Transport Safety category, Al Rostamani Transport LLC (CAR) finished first for its technology driven fleet management system for effective utilisation of resources and safe transport. CAR lifts new vehicles to various showrooms and customers across the UAE in view of the massive increase in the number of vehicles. The Dubai World Trade Centre finished second for Road Safety Starts with You initiative, and Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est. finished third for Improving Tire Safety Leading to Road Safety Improvements initiative.

Environment

In the ‘Preservation of the Environment’ category, The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in Abu Dhabi was the winner for its initiative of curbing carbon emissions resulting from the operation of taxis in Abu Dhabi and the deployment of environment-friendly taxis. The initiative is based on reducing the movement of taxis in Abu Dhabi Emirate, running a promotional campaign to encourage the public to pre-book taxis through smart phones or call centre, converting 25 per cent of taxi to vehicles powered by natural gas, deploying 220 deluxe cabs powered by green-diesel at the airport, and operating 16 vehicles powered by clean electricity. The Dubai Municipality finished second for Car Free Day initiative and the third position was won by ADNATCO and NGSCO for Al Daffah Project. -dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com 


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