Motorists in RAK Raise Concern Over Reckless Truckers

RAS AL KHAIMAH - Motorists in Ras Al Khaimah say some truck drivers are reckless and dangerous on road.

By (Sebugwaawo Ismail)

Published: Tue 22 Dec 2009, 9:51 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:31 AM

Habib Mustafa, a Palestinian expatriate, said he is angry with those who sound their horn loudly and unnecessarily in towns.

“The horns of trucks are very loud, inconveniencing other road users including pedestrians,” said Mustafa.

He said truck drivers should sound their horns only when necessary, in order to avoid dangers on the roads.

Sajeed Mohammed, an Indian motorist working in Nakheel area, said many truck drivers are impatient and lack driving discipline especially during the rush hours.

“One day, as I had stopped at the traffic lights on the Oman Road in Nakheel, I got scared by the horn sound which was made by the truck driver who was behind me,” Mohammed said.

“On seeing the green lights, the driver wanted me to speed up or give him way even as there was a lot of traffic in front of me.”

Hussein Abdul Rahman, an Egyptian expatriate working in Ras Al Khaimah, said he has on many occasions seen drivers of heavy trucks driving badly and sometimes speeding as they try to overtake light vehicles even on the busy streets in the emirate.

“Sometimes drivers of the heavy trucks overtake light vehicles on narrow streets and even from the wrong sides of the roads which is very risky,” said Rahman.

“It is important for these drivers to exercise maximum patience while driving and to consider other road users to avoid leading them into problems.”

Abdul Rahman called on traffic authorities to place more patrols on the busy streets of Nakheel to monitor the traffic and to crack down on errant truck drivers.

Colonel Ahmed Al Bugaim, who heads the Patrol Section at the Traffic and Licensing Department in Ras Al Khaimah, said they have received many complaints from motorists about errant truck drivers.

Al Bugaim said traffic chaos in the Nakheel area have been rampant in recent days because of ongoing road construction and maintenance works in the area which has narrowed many roads.

The officer stressed that more patrols should be placed on busy streets in the emirate to monitor the traffic and to curb traffic violations.

The Traffic and Licensing Department in RAK registered around 190 traffic accidents over the past four days in which one person died and five others sustained major and moderate injuries.

During the same period, police officers also seized four vehicles for violating traffic laws and booked over 78 motorists for not following traffic rules and regulations.

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