Plan to link traffic departments

DUBAI - An ambitious plan to link all traffic departments in the UAE with a sophisticated computer system is under way. The project is designed to cover criminal, naturalisation and immigration as well as traffic databases in the seven emirates.

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Published: Mon 26 May 2003, 12:02 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:09 PM

"There is a need to conduct a comprehensive study for this highly important national project", said Major General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander in Chief of Dubai Police, yesterday after presiding over the supreme committee meeting for database and computer linkup among traffic departments in the UAE.

The project, at its traffic level, seeks to unify traffic regulations.

The committee includes officers representing the UAE Interior Ministry and traffic police departments in the country. The committee, said Maj- Gen Dhahi, discussed the unification of application forms, car registration forms and other applications, and linking all information to a central database that can be easily accessed by all. This, he said, will simplify procedures and speed up transactions.

Three teams have been formed for this purpose; one to unify application forms, another to unify transactions and a third to conduct a study on the needs and available resources. The third team has been asked to report back to the committee within a fortnight.

Maj-Gen Dhahi said the national project was a need of the hour, as the country's population was increasing rapidly and steadily, and the number of vehicles was also on the increase.

He said that the project should also include criminal, naturalisation and immigration databases that can be used as and when needed.

Officials said that the Dubai Police had taken great strides in the IT field that can make this project a reality in the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile Dubai Police in March this year announced they had been working on a highly sophisticated computer system that would facilitate all transactions at the traffic department and reduce time and effort of both police staff and the public.

The first phase of the project is expected to be operational in October.

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