'Use road shoulder only in emergency'

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Use road shoulder only in emergency

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a safety campaign to cut down on serious accidents caused by motorists misusing the road shoulder.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 12 Jul 2012, 9:57 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:30 PM

Road shoulder should only be used in emergency cases and not for rest or taking mobile phone calls. Motorists failing to abide by the traffic rules regarding road shoulder are subject to fines of up to Dh600.

The Director of Traffic at RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, Hussein Al Banna, said: “The aim of the campaign is to reduce the occurrence of offences and crashes resulting from the inappropriate use of the road shoulder, whether for overtaking or parking. Paying attention to this sort of traffic cases is part of the awareness campaigns organised by the authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior under the theme, “For How Long ….?”, which focus on alerting drivers to the common and frequent mistakes, which in most cases result in accidents causing many casualties and material losses.

“For this campaign, we have prepared an educative leaflet titled “Road Shoulder Safety Guidelines” in conjunction with the Emirates Driving Institute in which we have collated frequently asked questions about the road shoulder for which we provided clearly defined answers. In particular, we have tackled emergency cases where the driver has to use the road shoulder for parking the vehicle in exceptional cases dictated by a de facto situation, such as the vehicle breakdown or emergency cases.”

Al Banna cautioned against parking the vehicle on the road shoulder for having a break, searching maps or making phone calls since such action might be a prime factor in triggering traffic accidents.

Motorists can be fined Dh600 and given six black points on their licence for overtaking on the road shoulder, while parking on the shoulder is punishable by a Dh200 fine.


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