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NCC calls for establishment of Central Traffic Authority

posted on 24/01/2006: 2992 views



The National Consultative Council (NCC) on Monday proposed a metered parking system and one-way roads in the heart of the capital to help solve Abu Dhabi's traffic problems. The proposal was made in a report reviewed at yesterday's meeting. The eight-page report was prepared by a house committee after several meetings with Abu Dhabi Municipality and Agriculture Department and Traffic and Patrols Department of Abu Dhabi Police.



The council proposed that a one-way traffic system in the city and an effective solution to the growing problem of parking will eliminate congestion in the heart of the city. The house suggested the parking problem can be solved by introducing metered parking on roads in commercial areas.



The council also asked the local government to establish a Central Authority for Roads and Traffic Safety with the task of drawing up traffic policies, helping developing road networks and introducing safety standards. The council also suggested any construction of new projects and residential and commercial buildings should only be approved after considering all the traffic movement and parking requirements.



The council said parking spaces should be allowed according to the capacity of these projects and buildings. According to the report, there is a lack cooperation and coordination between the traffic and municipality departments, resulting in traffic problems.



The house was told the traffic department has told the committee 135,000 fines were issued for parking offences last year, which is 17 per cent of the total offences committed. "Thirty per cent of the total registered vehicles were fined for offences, which shows how the situation has deteriorated," the house was told.



The traffic department, according to the report, has complained most of the road projects, planning and construction activities are being done without their consultation, which they said was causing the traffic woes.

The report noted another reason for the problem was the presence of all service providing organisations inside the city.



One of the members, Mohammad Rashid Al Nassiri, said the existing Eastern Ring Road in the capital is not of world standard. He said: "No ring roads any where in the world have traffic signals or roundabouts. Ring roads mean uninterrupted flow of traffic, no traffic signal or any other point where vehicles are forced to stop." (The Gulf News)

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