Dubai fits 5,000 trucks with smart monitoring devices

Dubai fits 5,000 trucks with smart monitoring devices

Dubai - All heavy vehicles that have been in service for more than 20 years have been fitted with the device.

By Team KT

Published: Thu 18 Jan 2018, 1:37 PM

More than 5,000 heavy vehicles have been fitted with smart monitoring devices that remotely detect vehicle faults and drivers' attitudes on roads. The service, which was launched via the recently-opened vehicles safety centre at Jebel Ali Free Zone, is mandatory for all companies operating trucks exceeding 20 years in service.

"The devices fitted to the trucks are linked to the Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) smart monitoring centre. The service conducts remote monitoring of heavy vehicle drivers to ensure their compliance with the traffic rules, and detect faults sustained by vehicles on the road," said Mohammed Nabhan, director of monitoring and enforcement, licensing agency, RTA. "Accordingly, it will improve road safety and save lives and properties. It will also reduce negative effects of these vehicles, and disseminate a culture of traffic safety among operators and drivers."

In the second phase of the initiative that will begin in August this year, trucks that have been in service for more than 15 years will be targeted. From August 2019, trucks that are 10 years or older will be fitted with the device.

"Faults detected by the device include vehicle collision, driving without displaying identification badge, exceeding the speed limits, sudden braking, driving in restricted areas, driving for long hours, dangerous acceleration, sudden swerving, driving during prohibited hours, and vehicles overturning," added Nabhan.

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