RTA, Dubai Police Teams
to Ensure Metro Safety

DUBAI — A team of inspectors will be deployed to ensure the implementation of Dubai Metro’s safety standards and will be equipped to cope with any emergency situation, a top Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official 
aid on Sunday.

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Published: Tue 21 Jul 2009, 12:11 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:59 PM

Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of RTA said, “The Rail Agency will protect the properties of Dubai Metro through close monitoring and surveillance of all activities that might cause damage to Dubai Metro properties. The Agency is entitled to issue orders to stop activities which pose a danger to Dubai Metro or rail properties, serve violators with notices to comply with safety requirements, and issue them with offence tickets.”

Dubai Police is also setting up a special force dedicated to the safety of the Dubai Metro. The force will be in addition to the security guards being employed by the authority to handle routine security at the Metro stations and in the trains, Al Tayer hadstated earlier.

The official said that the Safety Regulation and Planning Department of the RTA will oversee the safety and protection of trains.

“This step is part of continuous initiatives launched by the RTA to raise the profile of infrastructure facilities in Dubai, headed by Dubai Metro, to the highest levels of safety. The new system puts Dubai Metro under the umbrella of an effective and integrated transport planning system in the emirateof Dubai.”

“The system also includes establishing and assessing technical standards and rail safety, developing and evaluating safety rules of rail operators, investigating rail accidents and protecting all rail properties in the emirate from the risks associated with activities in the neighbourhood,” said Al Tayer.

Two separate organisational units have been established.

One of them will attend to transport planning, setting technical standards and protecting trains, while the other will overseethe safety of trains and related operational processes.

Upon completion of successful assessment of safety by RTA specialist safety personnel, RTA will issue certification to the company operating Dubai Metro covering safety position and operational safety.

RTA will deploy a team of inspectors to enforce the implementation of safety standards once Dubai Metro starts operations, and will also be ready to cope with emergency cases, the top official said.

“Safety Regulation and Planning Department will discharge these tasks at the highest international standards applicable in rail industry. Safety assessment standards have been developed in coordination with Office of Rail Regulation in the UK.

“RTA had also engaged with world-class safety consultants boasting rich experience in framing up Dubai Metro Safety Standards,”Al Tayer said.

The second quarter of 2008 saw the RTA establishing an independent department called Safety Regulation and Planning Department and tasked it with key four tasks including planning and policies; covering developing policies and legislations related to health, safety and environment and drawing up plans and procedures related to health, safety and environment in accordance with the best global standards.

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