Heavy vehicle drivers advised to abide by road safety rules

DUBAI — A majority of accidents involving heavy vehicles are caused by worn out tyres which are not replaced on time, according to a senior RTA official.

By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Thu 17 Jul 2008, 1:49 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:13 PM

While launching an inspection campaign for heavy trucks and trailers, Ahmad Bahrouzian, CEO of the Licensing Agency at the RTA, said yesterday that the drivers of heavy vehicles needed to go by the rule book and keep themselves and others out of any danger.

He advised them to adhere to the security and safety standards.

“Most trucks carry huge loads for extended distances under severe weather conditions.

This results in the depreciation of tyres, ” he observed.

Earlier this month, the Dubai Police had imposed fines on the owners or drivers of over 1,210 heavy vehicles for violating the safety rules by using retreaded tyres. Driving licences of two truck drivers were also seized for using damaged tyres which were unfit for carrying heavy loads and posed a safety risk to other motorists.

Colonel Saif Rashid Muhairy, Deputy Director of the General Department of Traffic, earlier said that the owners often retread the old tyres to give them a new look and get clearance at the time of renewal of the vehicle registration.

The department is coordinating with the Traffic Police Prosecution Department to suggest new measures to curb this practice and prosecute the violators for fraud and endangering people's lives, he said.

Meanwhile, speaking about the present campaign, Bahrouzian said that the RTA, in coordination with the Dubai police would seek to increase safety awareness of the drivers of heavy vehicles and familiarise them with the potential risks of driving technically unsound trucks.

“The campaign includes inspection of a host of aspects such as vehicle road worthiness, the validity of driving licences, tyres, and brakes.

“It also covers inspection of the weight being carried by the trucks. Inspectors will also take into account the operational condition of head and rear lights, availability of side lights, illegible number plates and lack of security and safety.

“The trucks violating the rules would be slapped with fines proportionate with the magnitude of offences committed,” Bahrouzian added.

The Dubai police have stated that more than 50, 000 tickets have been issued to trucks during the past six months for various traffic law offences.


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