RTA to upgrade skills of heavy vehicle drivers

DUBAI — In an attempt to reduce the number of accidents on the roads, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is embarking on a new mechanism for streamlining training and technical testing of drivers of heavy vehicles.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 29 Apr 2007, 9:01 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:45 AM

Maitha Mohammed bin Adai, CEO of Traffic & Roads Agency of RTA, stated that besides training to upgrade their driving skills, drivers would be given lessons on road safety awareness. Licenses would be issued to only the highly capable trainees.

She said the RTA was looking for specific locations in the city's suburbs for the training of drivers. The locations will be decided within a year, she added.

"These measures are intended to ensure traffic safety, minimising the number of accidents, stepping up protective measures and highlighting the importance of upgrading the efficiency of trainees. Training shall not be restricted to driving techniques only. It will also aim at boosting awareness among trainees' about various aspects of traffic safety. More efforts have to be exerted in order to motivate drivers towards adopting the best technical and behavioural practices," Maitha stated.

"This requires higher level of cooperation between RTA and the training institutes and boosting of mutual coordination for the sake of public interest and safety to all road users," she added.

Ali Aljasim, director of Licensing Department pointed out, "It is imperative that the technical aspects of drivers' testing should include subjecting each trainee to a precise internal test to ensure his skill particularly with regard to parking the truck with its trailers in a specific parking space and reverse driving to enter a garage.

Aljasim elaborated on the more common mistakes that lead to failure in driving tests, which include failure in determining the sufficiency of air pressure in the tanks, maintaining safe tracking distance, failure to negotiate the curves, failure to apply the handbrake before leaving the driving compartment and inattention to traffic lights and signs.

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