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More speed radars to be installed this year: Dubai Police Chief

posted on 20/03/2014

Major General Khamis Matar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, has said that Dubai's crime prevention and monitoring systems would be made more flexible and positive to decrease the crime rate.
In an interview published in the current edition of the Ministry of Interior's 999 Magazine, Major General Al Mazeina explained: "There will be changes made to Dubai's crime prevention and monitoring systems, with more flexible and positive mechanisms to be placed in order to decrease the crime rate," he said, outlining plans to enhance the emirate's security profile.
"Our new strategy will be based on the government's strategy in general, and according to the national agenda that was announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai," said the Major General, who was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police in November 2013.
Al Mazeina revealed that the strategy includes steps to enhance the speed of response to reported crimes, not just at Dubai Police's level, but in all police departments across the country. "This year's budget includes an increase in the number of security cameras installed throughout the streets and popular places in the emirate. There will also be an increase in the number of speed radar devices installed in Dubai," he said.
Countering the prevalent misconceptions that speed radars are meant to earn money, Al Mazeina clarified that their sole purpose is to enhance the safety and security of road users, some of whom are harassed by over-speeding drivers.
"This increase in the number of speed-radar devices is not a money-making exercise, but it is for safer roads through a reduction in speeding and, consequently, reducing traffic fatalities. I challenge anyone who adheres to the speed limit and still gets fined by the radar. Radars have been installed to catch violators," he explained.
"Our strategic plan will focus on the provision of advanced services in line with the evolving needs of the UAE's population, in terms of the quality of service and in the way they are delivered. The plan also concentrates on exploring new technological developments as well as achieving excellence in delivering e-services," he added.
Maintaining that technology holds a special significance in police work, Al Mazeina highlighted that Dubai Police will be unveiling more smart initiatives soon in addition to those that have already been launched through Dubai Police apps.
Talking about Dubai Police's new projects this year, Al Mazeina revealed that a new police station is being established near the Al Maktoum Airport in Jebel Ali, as well as the new Jebel Ali and Al Barsha Police Stations, and reconstruction plans of other police stations, including Bur Dubai. In addition, Dubai Police is building a new nursery for children of inmates. Work is also underway on a state-of-the-art forensic laboratory, which will be an architectural masterpiece not just in the country, but globally, he said.
999 Magazine is part of the strategic plan of the Ministry of the Interior to provide media coverage for the activities and efforts of the Ministry and Police. It also aims to encourage the public to contribute to the reduction of crime and enhancement of safety in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Mobile app to reduce Abu Dhabi traffic jams

posted on 20/03/2014

A new app rolled out in the capital on Wednesday will make smartphones even smarter by helping motorists avoid congested roads and traffic delays through real-time information from traffic officials.
Named Darb (path or road) and launched by the Department of Transport (DoT), the app provides motorists real-time data via coloured maps depicting traffic jams and back-ups due to collisions.
Motorists can then choose alternative routes around congested areas shown on digital city maps to make driving through the city easier and hassle-free, said authorities yesterday.
The app also offers information for public transport users and travellers on bus schedules, ferry timings, facilities to book taxis and airport schedules within the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
"According to international standards, we expect that the application will reduce congestion and smooth traffic flow by about 15 to 25 per cent,” said Salah Al Marzouqi, director of integrated intelligent transportation systems at the department.
"The app will help divert traffic away from incident areas. To ensure that it can handle thousands of users at the same time, we have also tested the application via a simulator and will continue to monitor its use and enhance its capabilities,” Al Marzouqi told Gulf News.
The application is part of the DoT's Dh9 million Integrated Transport Information and Navigation System (i-TINS), and has been developed over the last few months. It is currently available in English and Arabic for phones using both iOS and Android operating systems. In addition, the services can be accessed through a dedicated website on personal computers.
To ensure that updated information is available at all times, traffic specialists collect and verify data from various authorities, including police, weather bureaus and airport authorities, and make updates available for road users. The verifications will be carried out within three to five minutes of an incident taking place, said Hamad Al Afifi, section head of traffic management and technology operations.
In its first phase, the services are available for users in the capital, and will soon be extended to Al Ain and Al Gharbia (Western Region).
Officials said they expect a high rate of user penetration for the app, especially as a large proportion of the population is known to use smartphones. In fact, a Google survey conducted in early 2013 found that more than 73 per cent of respondents used smartphones, the highest rate of smartphone penetration in the world. This rate of penetration was ahead of South Korea and Saudi Arabia, and placed the UAE 12th, ahead of the United States.
Al Marzouqi explained that to prevent users from getting distracted, the DoT had built in automatic notifications in the app.
"This way, drivers will be able to concentrate on the road,” he said.
The official added that the data collected on road incidents is also made available to traffic engineers and road specialists, who can use it to plan for future road networks and projects.
Asked about the newly introduced names for many Abu Dhabi roads, DoT officials said that the application would feature the updated names. Although older names for streets are displayed, these will be gradually phased out. – Gulf News – Read more:


Abu Dhabi launches ''Traffic Safety '&' Security" Initiative to reduce accidents

posted on 12/03/2014

In order to reduce the traffic accidents involving taxis in the city by at least half, the Centre For Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in the occasion of "Gulf Traffic Week" has launched a "Traffic Safety and Security" initiative for 2014. The initiative comprises a set of additional laws and regulations to be observed by all taxi operators and drivers in the city. It is a result of a series of studies on the traffic scenarios conducted by the Centre.
In line with the collaborative efforts between the Centre and Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, several rules and regulations have been issued to reduce traffic accidents involving taxi drivers, including the administrative decision No. 64 for the year 2013 which states that taxi operators must terminate the service of taxi drivers who cause traffic accidents and exceed their black points limit according to the traffic and licensing system. Other violations which result in the termination of the driving license include jumping a red light, driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or similar substances, not stopping after causing an accident, in addition to reckless driving.
Furthermore, the Centre is also holding taxi operators accountable for installing Parking Assistance/Reverse Sensors in all taxis; this is based on the fact that 10% of taxi traffic accidents were caused while reversing. Also, the maximum working hours of taxi drivers will be electronically set as to not exceed 8 hours per day as "Hired" status. When exceeding the speed limit, there will only be one warning/alert per day to the driver before getting fined. If a driver exceeds the speed limit by 20 km/h, the meter shuts down immediately and the driver gets a "call for investigation".
The Centre has set numerous strategies geared towards encouraging and supporting taxi operators and drivers, whereby the Centre honours distinguished drivers from the various operating companies on a monthly and yearly basis, according to a set of criteria, on top of which is traffic safety. The Centre will also be setting a special index for traffic accidents which will now be included in the performance matrix of taxi operators in addition to launching campaigns to encourage customers to pre-book taxis so that the mileage travelled as well as potential traffic accidents by taxis are reduced.
It is worth mentioning that all rules and regulations issued by the Centre have contributed in decreasing the number of traffic accidents involving hire cars as the kilometres travelled have also decreased. The Centre is committed to conducting studies and research that will help in achieving excellence and sustainability. In addition the Centre will coordinate with all relevant entities in Abu Dhabi to improve the quality of services offered. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


DoT develops Dh33 million new traffic control central system for Abu Dhabi City

posted on 05/03/2014

The Department of Transport, DoT, in Abu Dhabi, has commenced work on the Dh 33 million adaptive traffic control central system project in Abu Dhabi, which is expected to be accomplished by early 2015, in line with the Surface Transport Mater Plan (STMP) aimed to build world-class integrated and sustainable transport infrastructure.
The project encompasses implementing and deploying the new traffic control central system, (SCOOT), one of the world's leading proven systems utilised in more than 120 cities worldwide. The system offers high flexibility and interactivity to respond to all changing traffic scenarios via data generated by vehicle counting and classification sensors whilst being able to automatically coordinate traffic movement with nearby intersections to ensure integrated management of traffic on Abu Dhabi road networks.
The existing central control and field control systems will be replaced by this new central control system which is smoother, more flexible and adaptive to respond to traffic flow on Abu Dhabi's 125 intersections via approximately 20 sensors at each intersection to monitor and report traffic volumes.
The new system has built-in capabilities to give priority to public transport vehicles such as buses, ambulances and emergency cars whilst leveraging instant response levels to traffic incidents by better management of accidents and vehicle breakdowns on the roads. The system will ensure complete and integrated linkage of Abu Dhabi's traffic control with other systems in Al Reem, Maryah and Yas Islands.
The new control system helps provide data and information on traffic movement needed for study and analysis by monitoring and reporting on Level of Service (LoS) at the controlled corridors in order to propose adjustments of the traffic signal timings on the road network. Such information will also be used to alert motorists on traffic congestion locations. In order to ensure that the system will be fully operational, the DoT will train and qualify a team of UAE engineers and technicians on management and operation of the system through various training sessions and workshops covering both theoretical and practical aspects.
Salah Al Marzouqi, Director of Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems Division at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said, "This project is considered one of the key projects of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Strategy launched by the DoT in 2010. It will ensure better management of the road traffic network and less congestions whilst boosting the levels of vehicle safety and movement within Abu Dhabi by deploying intelligent and integrated traffic control systems that supports the STMP and Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision to be one of the world's top governments and destinations." This implementation of the traffic control system project coincides with the Dh 16 million renovation of Traffic Management Centre which is nearing completion. The work is aimed at developing and updating the Centre to accommodate the existing and new traffic control systems whilst absorbing growing working cadres mandated to 24/7 managing, operating and maintaining of these systems. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

Abu Dhabi's no-flash cameras record 3167 traffic violations for red light jumping and unsafe lane changes

posted on 26/02/2014

As many as 3,167 traffic violations were recorded by the cameras installed at Abu Dhabi intersections during January 2014. The violations included running red lights and unsafe lane changes, According to statistics issued by the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police.
Colonel Khalifa Mohammed Al Khaili, Director of the Traffic and Road Safety Engineering Department, at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, said: "The traffic violations were recorded by cameras that use infrared technology that capture images without a flash. These traffic cameras, which are installed at different intersections across Abu Dhabi, operate with state-of-the-art technology and high efficiency." Colonel Al Khaili added: "Our cameras can detect vehicles that run red-lights and fail to abide by the lane rules. They can also record vehicles that stop at pedestrian zones and violate speed limits. Any other violations related to impermissible turns, over-takings and U-turns can also be registered." "These high-quality infrared cameras monitor five lanes in each direction. They are multifunctional and include infrared license plate readers. They can also determine the numbers and types of passing vehicles, estimate the average road speed and record the numbers and directions of pedestrians while traffic lights turn green and red," Colonel Al Khaili explained.
These traffic signals cameras are part of an integrated project that aims to improve traffic safety. As part of the project, 150 light-controlled intersections in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region will be fitted with these cameras. It is a modern traffic system, allowing continuous assessment of the intersections' engineering condition, their impact on traffic safety and the occurrence of accidents. Additionally, the system is able to devise necessary solutions by cooperating with the partners. The system is also linked to the directorate's reports system, SMS, and the Portable Variable Message Signs (PVMS).
Al Khaili called upon motorists to follow traffic laws and regulations, abide by the lane rules, reduce vehicle speed at traffic lights and avoid speeding in order to cross a traffic light before it turns red, which can cause serious traffic accidents resulting in deaths and severe injuries.
According to the Federal Traffic Law, running a red light carries a fine of Dh 800, a penalty of eight black points, and vehicle impoundment for a period of 15 days. Traffic fines can be issued in person and in situations where the person is not present. On the other hand, the failure to abide by the lane rules, regarding trucks, carries a fine of Dh 600 and a penalty of six black points, while for light vehicles; it carries a fine of Dh 200 and a penalty of two black points. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


18 people injured in three-pile up accidents on Abu Dhabi- Dubai road

posted on 26/01/2014

One driver was seriously injured, while 17 others sustained medium to minor injuries in three-pile up traffic accidents on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway on Friday. The accident took place at different locations on both sides of the highway. 50 vehicles were damaged, two of them burned completely on the spot.
The preliminary investigations showed that the accidents occurred as a result of fog, poor visibility, and the drivers' failure to abide by the traffic rules.
The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police urged the motorists to exercise caution, pay attention, reduce speed and leave enough safe distance among vehicles during variable weather conditions.
Lt. Colonel Mohammed Ahmed Al Mazrouei, Acting Head of the Peripheral Regions Traffic Department at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate in Abu Dhabi Police, noted that as soon as the report was received, the directorate initiated the emergency plan for fog-related incidents, in coordination with the Civil Defence and the Emergency and Public Safety Department.
"The directorate closed the road to traffic and redirected commuters to alternative routes to prevent further collisions. The injured were given first-aid at the scene of the accident before being transferred to Al Rahba hospital for further treatment. The Police put out the two cars that caught fire, and removed the damaged vehicles," Lt. Colonel Al Mazrouei said.
He added that the collisions occurred between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. at three separate locations on both sides of the highway as a result of heavy fog, speed, and failure to leave enough space among the vehicles. "The first accident occurred at the Sih Sameeh region, the inbound lane, injuring two individuals, with injuries ranging between serious to moderate and damaging eight vehicles.
The second accident took place in the area just before Sih Sameeh area outbound from Abu Dhabi; 11 people sustained minor to moderate injuries and 12 vehicles were damaged. The third accident occurred just before Al Tawila Bridge outbound from Abu Dhabi; five people sustained minor to moderate injuries and 30 vehicles were damaged," explained Lt. Colonel Al Mazroui.
As a part of the "Safety During Fog" initiative, which is organised by the directorate in cooperation with the Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Al Mazrouei urged all drivers, especially the truck drivers, to reduce speed, refrain from overtaking, and avoid using warning hazard lights.
He noted that the measures adopted by the directorate during foggy conditions, particularly preventing trucks and large vehicles from using roads during fog, until the fog clears and visibility is good. "Severe penalties will be implemented on those who fail to abide by these rules, which aim to promote traffic safety during foggy conditions and reduce traffic accidents," he said.
"The Motorists are advised to follow the traffic instructions during foggy conditions, notably by leaving enough space among vehicles, reducing speed, avoiding overtaking, using low lights, avoiding hazard lights, and listening to awareness messages provided by the Abu Dhabi Police to motorists through the media," Al Mazrouei said. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Making roads safer 140 characters at a time

posted on 23/01/2014

With an online presence on several social media sites an initiative, titled UAE Together, is making the roads safer 140 characters at a time.
Launched by the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, UAE Together regularly updates its Twitter page, informing users on police instructions while sharing recommendations from related traffic entities such as Saeed.
General advice and precautions to be taken while driving in difficult weather conditions are also posted on the UAE Together's Facebook page and website.
Head of the Drivers Training Department at the Technical Institute for Motor Driving, Ebrahim Dusooki, said that using social media means youths — who are mainly responsible for traffic accidents — are targeted.
"Even if the awareness messages impact 10 or 20 per cent of their target audience the campaign can be considered a success. However, stronger advertising and a more active presence online could also help in bringing more cooperation from individuals,” Dusooki told Gulf News.
Under UAE Together four initiatives to reward safe drivers have been launched: The Best Traffic Family, The Best Traffic School, The Best Traffic Young Driver and The Best Traffic Labour Cluster.
Prizes and awards are handed out to individuals, families, schools and labour accommodation sites. Lectures on traffic safety are also given.
"Although I have not heard of them previously, I am glad to know that such an initiative is present. After checking them out I realised that they can be considered a one-stop-shop for road safety and advice in general. I think that more information from other sources would be more helpful and that their activity should be increased,” said Jaber Jaber, a 28-year-old civil engineer in the capital.
Meanwhile, Khalid Al Mansouri, vice-CEO of Emirates Driving Company, which works closely with Abu Dhabi Police in raising awareness on road safety, said: "The UAE Together campaign is adopting important media tools in communicating road safety messages to various road users, especially to the young age group through social media channels. Those messages are pushing Road Safety information to drivers and non-drivers in order to be safe on the road, inside their cars and while driving.”
Earlier, Gulf News reported that a little less than half (41.8 per cent) of all road accidents that took place between 2009 and 2012, were caused by individuals between the ages of 18-30, according to statistics revealed by the Traffic Coordination Department at the Ministry of Interior.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of deaths among youth aged between 15-29, killing 1.24 million individuals worldwide annually. If the situation remains the same, and unless drastic measures are taken, the death rate is expected to go up to two million people per year in 2020,” Dr Haifa Madi, Director of Health Protection and Promotion in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region Office, said earlier.
Twitter: @UAETogether
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57-vehicle pile-up is largest in Al Ain history

posted on 17/01/2014

At least 14 people were injured, one seriously, in a 57-vehicle pile-up on Thursday morning near Abu Samra in Al Ain, an eerie reminder of the massive Ghantoot mishap that occurred several years ago.
The Thursday morning pile-up was the largest in Al Ain's modern history, according to the police.
The UAE's biggest such accident took place on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway near Ghantoot in 2008 and involved 250 vehicles. Three people were killed and more than 300 injured.
The cause for both accidents was poor visibility in thick winter fog.
"Luckily, this time there are no fatalities, though some people were injured,” said a police officer.
The Abu Samra pile-up occurred in both directions of the highway.
Police said 39 vehicles rammed into each other on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain side of the highway and 18 others collided on the Al Ain-Abu Dhabi side of the road, some 40 kilometres west of downtown Al Ain.
Police patrols, ambulances and civil defence responded quickly to rescue the injured.
Preliminary investigations revealed that drivers were not keeping enough distance between each other even with the low visibility, said Major Salah Abdullah Al Humairi, chief of Al Ain Traffic Police.
Not enough space between cars and a failure to slow down led to the mishap, he added.
The pile-up also led to the complete closure of this major artery between two main cities of Abu Dhabi for several hours. Long queues were seen on the highway and traffic police resorted to alternate arrangements.
Traffic was redirected from key interchanges such as Rimah and Al Yahar bridges to other roads.
Police also issued immediate traffic alerts on social media and radio stations, warning drivers of thick fog, the pile-up and the road's closure. Motorists were advised to follow traffic rules in the foggy conditions and take alternate routes to commute between the two cities.
"Safe distance during these conditions must be even greater than normal,” said Major Al Humairi.
Speed limits must be abided by on all internal and external roads, and in case drivers were completely unable to see clearly ahead, they must stop their vehicles on the side of the road, and turn on their hazard lights, he added.
He also warned heavy vehicle drivers to refrain from taking their trucks on the road until the fog lifted and clearer visibility returned.
The police later removed damaged vehicles and cleared off debris to reopen the highway at around 12.20pm.
An eyewitness, Ahmad Sharif, said he was not sure how many cars were involved.
"It was total chaos,” said Sharif, adding that people were running to different cars and pulling people out to safety.
He said the visibility was almost down to zero but even then some people were driving at a high speed, posing a risk to themselves and other road users.
Kishore Anand, another motorists who was coming from Abu Dhabi, said it was a horrific scene.
"It was an unexpected fog and I did not realise the situation until I heard a thud and saw two damaged cars right in the middle of the road in front of me,” he said.
He said he immediately stopped his car on the shoulder of the road and rushed to pull out the injured passengers.
"Soon after, I heard police and ambulance sirens thinking that it could be a pile-up,” said Anand.
Waleed Abu Khalid, another commuter, said that there was long queue of vehicles near Al Saad.
"Police had diverted the traffic towards Suwaihan Road saying the road is closed due to an accident,” he said.
Fog is a usual phenomenon on UAE highways, particularly in the winter, and it often causes problems for motorists.
Hundreds of accidents have been reported in the past due to the poor early morning visibility owing to the fog. The area between Abu Samra and Al Khattam is notorious for thick patches of fog. – Gulf News


21 thousand students benefit from Traffic Awareness initiative

posted on 07/01/2014

Four government entities in Dubai have joined hands to deliver a traffic awareness event to more than 21 thousand students in various Dubai schools over the past 3 years under an initiative launched in 2010 themed: Child Safety - a Shared Responsibility.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) which is the leader of the initiative in conjunction with the Dubai Police, Dubai Health Authority and Emirates Transport, managed to coordinate government efforts with a view to disseminating traffic awareness among children and mothers, and addressing traffic safety requirements in school zones.
"The objectives of the initiative echo the general objectives of the Dubai Government in the field of traffic awareness and safety, serve the specific objectives of the Traffic Safety Committee at the Dubai Government level, and match the overall objectives of the participating government entities. Modern trends of awareness activities rely on the concerted efforts of multiple entities so as to serve at the end of the day the common objectives of every locality or Emirate in terms of security and safety," said Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic '&' Roads Agency.
She stressed that results achieved over the past few years added to the success of the initiative and prompted the champions of the initiative to put more efforts towards broadening the scope of the initiative over the forthcoming years and benefiting from the modern business modules focused on the concerted and collective efforts, adding that plans were underway to widen the scale of the initiative to reach out to all schools and hospitals in Dubai.
The gist of the initiative, which is supported by the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, and the Dubai Educational Zone, is built on a host of events and traffic awareness schemes undertaken by Dubai Government entities through a joint government team in a bid to propagate traffic awareness concepts among road users.
Over the past three years, the initiative succeeded in publishing more than 70 awareness leaflets of which more than 700 thousand copies have been printed; including Salama magazine, of which ten thousand copies are published every month.
The initiative contributed to serving the needs of the traffic awareness in school zones through designing and constructing 160 pedestrian crossings and more than 450 directional signs. Following the introduction of laws and regulations by the RTA to streamline the school transport sector, more than 6700 school bus drivers and more than 5000 bus conductors have been trained and licensed.
The initiative specifically targets students and mothers who have recently given birth to children at Dubai public or private hospitals through a series of lectures, events and training workshops which succeeded over three years to reach out to more than 21,000 students in 127 schools. A wide variety of advertising materials has also been uploaded in social networking sites, websites and outdoor signage. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi Police to increase traffic monitoring during New Year Holiday

posted on 31/12/2013

As the New Year holiday and celebrations approach, the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate is increasing its surveillance of internal and external roads.
This initiative aims to make motorists abide by traffic laws, and thus help eliminate the causes of accidents. The increase in surveillance also helps prevent noise disturbances and any behaviour that may impede traffic flow.
Colonel Khamis Isaaq, Deputy Director of the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate, has encouraged all motorists to abide by the speed limits during the New Year celebrations, especially late at night and in the early hours of the morning. He also urged motorists to cooperate with the police and take safety precautions for their own safety and for the safety of others.
Colonel Isaaq said that contributing factors that led to accidents last year included speeding, lack of attention while driving, red light violations, sudden turning, negligence, and not paying attention to pedestrians at crossings. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


RTA all set to meet New Year Eve rush

posted on 30/12/2013

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will operate the Metro for an extended period, create 13,500 additional parking spaces and add new signage for the smooth movement of traffic on December 31 and January 1 for New Year festivities and fireworks.
The plan is to ensure smooth traffic flow near The Dubai Mall - Burj Khalifa during the celebrations where crowds are expected to gather for the annual fireworks display.
"The traffic plan features the provision of additional parking spaces and directional signage, and extended operation of the Metro from 5.30am on December 31 up to midnight of January 1. The Dubai Metro will adopt a skip-stop operation system that is stopping at only one station of the following three stations: Business Bay, Dubai Mall - Burj Khalifa, and Financial Centre. The Metro will stop at one of these three stations and skip the other two from 4pm on December 31 up to 4pm on January 1 in order to increase the passenger capacity of the three stations. During the period, the Metro ridership is anticipated to hit 749,842 riders on the Red Line and 359,025 riders on the Green Line.
The team has provided 13,500 additional parking slots near the events area; 8,000 parking at Meydan, 2,500 at the World Trade Centre, 1,500 parking at Residency & Foreigners Affairs Department at Jafiliya, and 1,500 parking at Zaabeel Park,” explained Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency.
"Signages are being set up to direct traffic to alternative parking and to the internal roads network at the Business Bay to access the Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road to ease pressure on the Financial Centre Road. Work is currently on in setting up a solid rail in the median of the Shaikh Zayed Road in the sector along the Burj Khalifa and the Business Bay in order to fend off pedestrian crossing and traffic disruption. A bus shuttle service will be operated to transport passengers from the eastern side of the Shaikh Zayed Road to the Western side of the Road. Traffic signals on the Financial Centre Road and the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard will ensure smooth traffic flow during various peak hours, and the Virtual Messaging Signs will be used to alert road users of any road closure as well as directing the public to use alternative locations for parking their vehicles,” she elaborated.
Sixty feeder buses will be deployed to serve the Metro with additional parking and alternative taxi ranks, over and above the existing routes serving the neighbourhood. Fifteen buses will be deployed to serve Meydan parking, 20 buses will serve Trade Centre parking, 15 buses will serve the parking of Zaabeel Park as well as the Residency & Foreigners Affairs Department, and 10 buses will be deployed to move the public from the eastern part of the Shaikh Zayed Road to the Western part of the road.
Locations of feeder buses have been identified and dedicated bus lanes will ensure easy movement of buses. Buses will be in operation around the clock and will synchronise with the operation of the metro stations.
Emaar has expressed readiness to bear all operational expenses of the above buses. Thus riders will be treated to free rides. Public bus ridership is expected to reach 49,920 passengers, and the event held at the Dubai Mall - Burj Khalifa is likely to post a 30 per cent increase in public transport users compared to the numbers recorded last year.
Parking spaces and a dedicated lane have been designated for taxis to facilitate taxi access to the event venue, where two main car parks have been allocated, namely the sandy area of the Business Bay at the end of the tunnel extending from street No. 312 which can house up to 300 vehicles. Both the tunnel and the lane on this street will be restricted to taxis and buses to serve as an express lane from the Trade Centre to the event's venue. The second car park is the sandy area alongside the Financial Centre Road, which can accommodate about 500 vehicles. A temporary exit has been set up leading taxi cabs directly from the parking area to Al Khail Road.
Alternative parking spaces have also been designated to accommodate cabs during peak hours at both Trade Centre & Jafiliya Station parking lots, besides opening new bus routes to lift passengers to the alternative locations.
Fifty-five Limousine companies will also be invited to offer services to passengers during the event. Taxi cabs are expected to lift 120,400 passengers in 69,000 trips from and to the event's venue.
Palm Jumeirah
During the New Year's Eve celebrations, the Dubai World promises a record-breaking firework shows at the Palm Jumeirah. Fireworks will be displayed all over the Palm Jumeirah. As many as 50,000 viewers are expected to attend the event, including 30,000 people among the residents and visitors of the Atlantis Hotel.
Three checkpoints have been set up as the entry to the Palm Jumeirah on the day will be restricted to residents, invitation and pass card holders, pre-booking holders, taxis and buses.
Entry to the Palm Jumeirah will, however, be denied to all vehicles including card holders, taxis and buses from 10pm on December 31 — that is two hours before the start of firework displays. All roads leading to the Palm from Sufouh Road or from the circular bridges at the Palm's entrance will be closed in coordination with the Dubai Police.
Given the lack of parking spaces for such huge attendance inside the Palm Jumeirah and in order to avoid traffic jam in the Palm's internal roads, alternative parking areas have been designated outside the Palm, and accordingly buses will shuttle invited guests and booking holders to the venue. The designated parking spaces are, American University car parks, which can hold about 600 vehicles, and the sandy area at the Dubai Internet City which can accommodate 1,300 vehicles. Atlantis Hotel management has expressed readiness to prepare the area and provide all traffic safety means including lighting during the event.
An area along Al Sufouh Road has been designated as a public parking space to enable the public to watch the firework displays. All traffic signals along Al Sufouh Road will be controlled to ease the traffic during peak hours.
Concerning public buses service at the Palm Jumeirah area, 40 feeder buses of the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station will shuttle people between the event's venue and the alternative car parks mentioned above, where access cards will be checked at the designated parking spaces. The Dubai World has expressed commitment to bear all operation expenses of the -above-mentioned bus routes, thus offering free service to the public and facilitating bus riding process.
Moreover, parking lots have been designated for taxis and 55 limousine companies will be invited to offer service to the public during the event. Taxis on the day are expected to lift 5,200 passengers in 3,000 trips from and to event venue.
The Leader of RTA's Team for Managing Traffic Movement and Handling Operational Plans during Official and Annual Events said: "The light signals control room will monitor the traffic in the area and the team will direct it according to the requirements of handling the traffic movement and volume at intersections and streets adjacent to the Burj Khalifa. Variable Messaging Signs will provide guidance to drivers about alternative routes; and operation team members will be available at site to coordinate with the Dubai Police and Emaar to ensure the implementation of the proposed operational plans and carry out the required amendments.
Maitha bin Udai called upon all community members to use the metro and public transport rather than private vehicles, especially during festivities in Dubai, such as for the New Year's Eve celebrations, pointing out that the team's plan had taken into account the demand for public transport and provided everything required to accommodate the growing numbers of potential riders. – Khaleej Times

A smile on the Abu Dhabi’s traffic radars

posted on 20/12/2013

Positive reinforcement, such as a smile, can go a long way in effecting behavioural change. This theory, which has been proven several times, was put to test as a tool in saving lives — to reduce overspeeding among motorists.
A study carried out by a professor and some students at the UAE University (UAEU) has shown that a simple smile may just be the solution to deter speedsters more effectively than traffic radars.
Selecting Maqqam Street, a busy thee-lane road with a speed limit of 80kmph behind the UAEU campus, the group erected a large LED panel programmed to detect speed. Those who drove within the speed limit were rewarded with a smile but it vanished as soon as someone went above the limit.
"Usually, 30 per cent of drivers drive over the speed limit. There is no radar in this area and they know it,” explained Dr Jose Berengueres, assistant Information Technology (IT) professor at the UAEU, and also the brain behind the study. He noted that the Maqqam Road sees a vehicle per second every day.
After four days, the group's theory was proven right. During the days when the smiling radar was on the street, drivers slowed down by an average of 17kmph and speeding violations dropped by 50 per cent.
Compare these results with similar studies carried out in the US and the UK, — which used only radar and numerical speed indicators — speeds dropped from between 1-15kmph in the US and only 5kmph in London. Speed violations in London also went down by just 35 per cent.
"Using positive psychology will encourage drivers to drive at good speed,” stated Alreem Rashed Al Kaabi, senior IT student at the UAEU and one of the five students on the project.
"This is aimed at raising awareness about speed, with the smiling face as the speed indicator,” added the 22-year old.
For their graduation project, the students used an open source programme, which they developed to match their requirements. "After we developed it, we contacted the Abu Dhabi Police and they provided us with the panel and equipment. They supported our research,” Alreem said.
According to Dr Berengueres, the police have expressed interest in adopting the programme in the Capital and will be carrying out similar studies within school areas in the coming days. He termed their interest as "positive”.
"When people interact with the traffic system, it is always a negative interaction… we only interact with the police on negative things,” he pointed out.
This smiling radar could just be what is needed to change this into a positive encounter and could prove to be more effective, he said. He noted that when a motorist overspeeds, the driver following him would observe that the smiley vanishes, which would serve as a reprimand for him.
"And if you're driving with your kid and you are over speeding, your kid would ask why it doesn't smile. Again, this could get motorists to think twice before committing a violation,” Dr Berengueres reasoned.
Getting the smiley emoticon to remind you of what you should or shouldn't do on the road is well and good. But happens when it is not there anymore? Will the positive behaviour stick or would overspeeding return?
"This is exactly what the UAEU team hopes to measure next, if the positive reinforcement will stay on even after the panel is taken out,” said Dr Berengueres. – Khaleej Times


Abu Dhabi Traffic: New radars will be installed on eight roads on Monday

posted on 25/11/2013

A number of new radars will be operated on eight roads in Abu Dhabi, starting from tomorrow (Monday), the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate said in an announcement.
This comes in line with the Directorate's traffic safety strategy represented by the priority of making roads safer, and support efforts to curtail all causes that lead to traffic accidents and the mortalities and serious injuries resulting from them.
Captain Ahmed Abdullah Al Muhairi, Head of Traffic Safety Section at the Traffic Engineering and Safety Department in the Traffic and Patrols Directorate of the Abu Dhabi Police, confirmed that the new installed radars cover the trucks' road in Mussafah and the trucks' road from Al Maqtaa Bridge to Mojamaa Al Josoor-Abu Dhabi- Al Ain - Umm Al Nar- Al Raha Beach Road- Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid street- Abu Dhabi International Airport- Sweihan Road.
He indicated that the new radars have been installed within a comprehensive plan that aims to improve traffic safety in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, since "road safety is everyone's responsibility." He also noted that the plan included developing of a comprehensive strategy to manage speeds, organise awareness and control campaigns, and increase the number of automatic control devices on both internal and external roads. These measures aim to detect traffic law violators, and the efforts contributed to reduce the number of serious accidents resulting from over speeding in 2012 by 21%. It also pushed drivers to reduce their speeds and therefore reducing the resulting human, economic, and social losses across the Emirate.
Al Muhairi also indicated that the aim of operating the new radars is to primarily maintain drivers' safety and enhance compliance with traffic laws. This, in turn, leads to reducing speeds that represent a great risk on drivers and road users as well, in case the driver failed to control his vehicle.
"The Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters seeks no financial gains by issuing traffic violations. This measure aims solely to ensure people's safety and to maintain public property, as evidence has shown that most traffic accidents occur as a result of a traffic violation," he added.
Furthermore, he called upon drivers to focus on self-control stemming from the sense of responsibility to respect the law, maintain the rights of other road users, abide by speed limits on roads, and pay attention not only to avoid radar violations, but also to maintain the safety of drivers and other road users as well.
Concluding, he urged drivers and road users to strengthen efforts by adhering to traffic laws and the designated speed limits, in support of Abu Dhabi's vision to achieve zero road fatalities by the year 2030 - "Zero Vision"; in addition to the positive results achieved during the period (2010-2012), notably the reduce in the number of traffic accidents with injuries (33%), mortalities (34%), and serious injuries (25%). – Emirates News Agency, WAM

UAE has potential to be world’s best in road safety says WHO expert

posted on 06/11/2013

The UAE has all the potential to be the best country in the world in road safety or at least among the top five, said a senior World Health Organisation (WHO) official on Tuesday.
Traffic police and road authorities in different emirates have set ambitious goals to reduce fatality on roads, but the remark of Dr Etienne Krug, Director of WHO's Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, is the first of its kind by an international expert that qualifies the UAE to top the list of safest countries in the world.
The UAE ranked 171 out of 179 countries in terms of road safety with 37.1 deaths per 100,000 of population according to the WHO in 2011.
UAE authorities, however, believe that the international estimation is too high and does not reflect the reality. According to a top police officer in Dubai accident deaths on UAE roads fell from 21.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2007 to just three in 2012.
Krug, who also chairs the International Organising Committee for World Conferences on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion and the UN Road Safety Collaboration said: "Some of the UAE's legislations are good, but even the most perfect law in the world is only a piece of paper unless it gets transformed into action. And to do that we need the police to enforce the law and we need people to know. So we need campaigns to get the enforcement by the people."
The WHO official is currently in Abu Dhabi to take part in the 18th UN Road Safety Collaboration meeting.
While congratulating the UAE on its "beautiful and good quality” roads, he added that to achieve the ambitious goal the country has to work on several issues including legislations, drink driving, wearing of seatbelts, motorcycle helmets and child restraints.
"The zero road death by 2020 is an ambitious plan for the UAE, which has all the potential to be in the top five or even the best country in the world in road safety,” Dr Krug, told Gulf News.
"The country is well on its way to achieve its goal of zero death per 100,000 inhabitants by the year 2020, said Dubai Police chief Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim in April. The mortality rate on UAE roads which is around 3 per 100,000 of the population compares well with that of Scandinavian countries like Sweden where 2.9 deaths occur per 100,000 inhabitants, Tamim added.
Dr Krug said speeding is an issue in the UAE and failure to wear seatbelts is another issue that need to be addressed.
"Everybody is equal in front of the law and everybody is vulnerable on the road so everybody should abide by road speed limits and wears seatbelts,” he said.
Dr Krug said there are options for preventing road traffic crashes and for improving services for victims and their families. "The road safety and road victim NGOs who gather in Abu Dhabi for the meeting can be instrumental in catalysing the national and international response. They are an inspiration and a reminder that all societies and all of us as individuals need to step up our efforts. So many precious lives are at stake, and inaction is not an option.”
Dr Krug added that WHO is very happy to support the UAE in achieving its goal. "In a way this is why we have this meeting in the UAE capital to show our support and discuss a possible collaboration.”
He praised the UAE's effort made on safety around schools, efforts to control speeding and to design good quality roads. "So I want to congratulate the UAE for the effort that has already been done, but more needs to be done to achieve the ambitious zero road death,” Dr Krug said.
The UN Road Safety Collaboration meeting, hosted by Abu Dhabi Municipality, updates partners on progress on the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and discusses progress on global road safety initiatives. – Gulf News

Mawaqif launches new rechargeable cards

posted on 29/10/2013

As part of its commitment to providing world-class solutions to manage parking requirements in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Mawaqif has launched new rechargeable cards, offering users a wide spectrum of benefits.
These including the ability to work on all Mawaqif fee payment machines and the facility to recharge them through a Mawaqif electronic account in various flexible ways such as cash or credit card.
In addition, the new cards allow users to get access to all details of all transactions through their Mawaqif account as well as the ability to link more than one card to the same account. Should the cards be lost or damaged, the user can have the available balance used either for another rechargeable card or via m-mawaqif service.
The basic available credit in the card will be Dh 50 which will be automatically added to their Mawaqif account and can be recharged for up to Dh 500 each time. The cards are available for purchase at Mawaqif customer service centres as well as at registered distribution outlets.
Mohammed Hamad Al Muhairy, General Manager of Mawaqif at the Department of Transport, said, "The launch of the new Mawaqif rechargeable card comes in line with the DoT's endeavours to provide flexible, convenient and proactive solutions to the public to achieve the maximum benefits of the service, thereby allowing them hassle-free accessibility to their destinations." – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Traffic accidents drop by 18.9 per cent nationwide over 9 months

posted on 05/10/2013

The traffic accidents had dropped by 18. 9 per cent during the first nine months of this year, compared to corresponding period last year, in accordance with the statistical report released by the traffic coordination committee of the Ministry of Interior.
The committee held its seventh meeting for 2013 chaired by Brig. Ghaith Hassan Al Za'abi, director general of the traffic coordination at the ministry and chairman of the committee. The meeting was attended by all members of the committee.
It discussed the traffic in general, and issue of small motorcycles and death they caused due to lack of safety measures. The participants also discussed the registration of trailers and semi trailers imported and manufactured locally, which should be in accordance with specifications in this respect. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi Traffic launches Student Awareness Campaign

posted on 17/09/2013

The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police launched a traffic awareness campaign for students across all levels. During the first week of the new school year, the directorate introduced students of eight schools in Abu Dhabi to the Golden Rule for using school buses, which is to move 10 steps ahead of the bus when exiting the bus and avoid bending down near the bus without the driver's knowledge.
Lt. Colonel Jamal Salem Al Ameri, Chief of Public Relations Section in the Traffic and Patrols Directorate, Abu Dhabi Police, said: "Under the Students Safety is Everyone's Responsibility' campaign, we have intensified awareness programs during the new school year. Traffic awareness covers two new schools in Abu Dhabi every day. It includes traffic awareness massages to be delivered to the pupils' parents, urging them to adhere to traffic regulations, in order to protect students against traffic accidents." He continued: "The program also includes a number of awareness initiatives under the sponsorship of Al Futtaim Motors. These initiatives will run across the entire year through the Abu Dhabi traffic program to put a limit to traffic accidents Together' on social media websites such as: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube." For her part, Captain Aisha Mohammed Al Zaabi, Traffic Awareness Officer in Public Relations Section at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate in Abu Dhabi Police, said: "This student traffic campaign is a competition that aims to engage students and raise their education and awareness on traffic. It has three main aspects: traffic research, which includes a traffic film produced by students, a traffic photo album and traffic flyers; a traffic gallery; and an awareness idea that will help educate students." She added: "The directorate has started distributing five educational traffic films on social websites. The films focus on traffic safety rules such as crossing roads and using seatbelts in addition to the Golden Rule for using school buses. Additionally, the programs will broadcast awareness messages via radio to provide traffic safety for students." – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi launches traffic campaign

posted on 02/09/2013

The Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate has launched a campaign for traffic control and awareness-raising, to curtail the five main causes of road accidents in the UAE capital.
Lt. Colonel Ahmed Al Zayoudi, Chief of the Major Traffic Accidents Section at Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate, indicated that according to traffic statistics of 2013, the five main causes of traffic accidents are as follows: jumping red lights; driving at high speeds without taking the road into account; lack of attention by motorists; failure to leave sufficient distance between vehicles; and non-compliance with road lanes.
He pointed out that these five reasons caused a total of 448 accidents, and accounted for 22% of the number of road accidents (2057) during the same period. The campaign also included intensified awareness-raising efforts and traffic control for truck drivers, due to the high risks of truck accidents on all road users. Truck accidents accounted for nearly 11 per cent of the total number of traffic accidents that occurred in the emirate last year.
"The campaign aims to enhance traffic safety, and urge motorists to abide by traffic laws in order to curtail the five main causes of traffic accidents, by intensifying traffic control on internal and external roads. The awareness programs associated with the campaign also include organising lectures and distributing publications in Arabic, English and Urdu in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region, as well as in locations where truck drivers gather on Al Ghuwaifat Highway,” said Al Zayoudi.
He also pointed out that, within the traffic awareness programs, the directorate organised field awareness activities for motorists in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region. These activities included organising lectures and distributing publications to motorists and community members on the "5 main causes of traffic and truck accidents”.
Al Zayoudi stressed the need to abide by safety procedures by focusing on three main issues of concern for all segments of society; motorists, pedestrians, and vehicles' safety. Moreover, he praised awareness-raising initiatives through the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate's awareness programme "Together" on the Internet, via Twitter and Facebook; to reduce traffic accidents and enhance traffic awareness among community members. – Emirates 24│7

RTA launches tablet devices project for testing of vehicle drivers

posted on 02/09/2013

The Driver Licensing Department of the Licensing Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched its "Smart Tablets" project, in which tablet computers were distributed to the Authority's inspectors at vehicle testing centres in Dubai.
Sultan Al Marzouqi, Director of Driver Licensing at the Authority, affirmed that the agency is keen to develop plans and strategies in line with the vision of the Authority in launching technical projects and initiatives to keep pace with Dubai's efforts to provide the best and finest services to members of the community.
"The move will help inspectors gauge errors committed by trainees during the test in a very accurate and clear manner rather than the old handwriting method on paper, these tablet computers can calculate all errors, and once they are connected to the Internet they are directly linked to the electronic traffic system and show the final result of the trainees, as well as the possibility of trainees receiving the result printed in Arabic and English so that they will be evaded in the future." Al Marzouqi pointed out that in the coming period tablet computers will be distributed to the rest of the driving centers with its branches in Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi infrared cameras detect traffic light violators without flash

posted on 27/08/2013

Drivers who jump red lights might think their act has gone unnoticed but thanks to new technology the police's new infrared cameras work without using a flash.
"The intersection surveillance system has been implemented in the emirate of Abu Dhabi since 2012 and is considered a comprehensive project which aims to enhance road safety. Under this five-year scheme cameras are being installed at 150 intersections in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region,” said Brigadier Hussain Ahmad Al Harithi, director of Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrol Directorate.
In its first phase 40 infrared cameras are being installed at a variety of intersections in the city of Abu Dhabi.
"The cameras are fully equipped to cover five lanes in all directions and are able to read licence plates belonging to all moving vehicles in addition to counting the number of cars on the road at any given time. The instruments are also capable of assessing the average speed on the road and the number of pedestrians and the direction in which they are moving,” Al Harithi added.
The project is part of an integrated system which links directly to the Police Operating Room and the Variable Message Sign systems (VMS) that are to be implemented in the capital.
The official added that the directorate is exerting all efforts to ensure a safer road environment for all users by adding traffic control equipment on the capital's roads. These initiatives are being carried out alongside the police's ‘Together' campaign, which aims to raise awareness about driving rules through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to reach out to all sectors of society.
Police officials are warning drivers not to use their mobile phones when driving due to the danger that such an act poses.
In May this year, a 19-year-old Emirati was killed and an Arab national sustained moderate injuries in the Al Ain industrial area when the Emirati jumped a red signal.
Driving a 4x4 vehicle, the 19-year-old collided with three other vehicles at an intersection. The Emirati died after being transported to a hospital for treatment and the Arab was taken to Tawam Hospital.
Six people have died and two others were seriously injured in 65 road accidents this year that were the result of drivers jumping red lights in the capital as of June 24. – Gulf News

Intelligent traffic lights for 34 Abu Dhabi intersections

posted on 25/08/2013

The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) has begun installing and operating integrated and intelligent traffic lights to control the movement of vehicles and pedestrians at 34 intersections in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. This would be in addition to surveillance cameras at seven intersections of Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi. The works are part of a traffic control system project.
The new system determines the time required for a car to wait at the traffic signals according to traffic movement at the place.
The DoT has affirmed that it would apply the integrated and intelligent traffic lights system at 34 intersections in Mohammed Bin Zayed City at a cost of Dhs75,000. The system aims to improve traffic flow, upgrade road services and raise the level of safety.
The department has announced the installation and operation of the project would be completed by 2014 Q4. – The Gulf Today

Abu Dhabi traffic safety campaign reaches out to over 3 million

posted on 20/08/2013

Abu Dhabi Police's Traffic and Patrols Directorate sent out awareness leaflets to more than three million people this Ramadan as part of its traffic safety programme, Maan (Together).
Police contacted 3,360,765 people via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Brig Eng Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi, the director, said the campaign reached out to just over more than million people on Facebook and 1.25 million on Twitter. A video on YouTube has so far had more than 3,500 hits.
The campaign embodied the directorate's strategy to achieve the highest safety standards possible, and helped make people aware traffic safety is everyone's responsibility, said Brig Al Harthi.
He added the campaign fell under the Maan programme for reducing traffic-related accidents. Under Maan, people have received newsletters, cards and brochures, and have been given access to awareness programmes, educational movies, religious prayers and traffic tips - in addition to taking part in competitions on local radio.
The programme tackled three topics: motorists, pedestrians and vehicle safety.
Abu Dhabi Police also encouraged people to use seatbelts, avoid using mobile phones while driving and respect traffic lights. – The National

Saif bin Zayed launches "Markabati" Federal Vehicle Portal

posted on 30/07/2013

H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior has launched the Federal Vehicle Portal "Markabati", which is the first of its kind in the world to offer a full range of comprehensive services, processes and procedures for vehicles of different types under one umbrella. Also present was Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy
The "Markabati" portal is an electronic federal portal made up of several interactive and integrated systems, specialised with vehicles procedures and related processes linking the public with relevant government and private entities. It will be a meeting point between traffic services, government departments, customs services, insurance services, vehicle accidents and classification of vehicle workshops, spare parts information and e-payment gateway and vehicle rental companies.
Sheikh Saif hailed the efforts exerted in the preparation of this project and urged the team to work continuously on the development of the project to meet the future requirements of the government and the public alike. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


Abu Dhabi police intensify traffic safety campaign

posted on 28/07/2013

In collaboration with the ‘Saeed Society to Reduce Traffic Accidents', the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate has intensified its traffic awareness efforts during Ramadan, as part of the Abu Dhabi Police's campaign held under the slogan "Your Safety”.
The police also provide safety tips and traffic-related educational programmes on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The police also raise awareness at the various locations including mosques, malls and restaurants.
Lt Col Jamal Salim Al Ameri, Head of Public Relations Section at the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate said: "The Directorate had prepared a comprehensive traffic safety plan during Ramadan. The plan includes distributing special publications that coincide with the holy month, and comprise religious prayers and traffic advice tackling three key topics, namely, motorists, pedestrians and safety of vehicles.”
Lt Col Al Ameri added that the Ramadan awareness programmes aim at encouraging motorists to comply with traffic laws, reduce speed, pay attention on roads, use seat belts, avoid using hand-held mobile phones while driving, and maintain a safe distance between vehicles. The programme also calls on motorists to avoid blocking roads or exits and refrain from parking randomly in front of mosques during Taraweeh prayers.
Al Ameri appealed to motorists to take advantage of the sublime meaning and noble values of the holy month, by respecting the rights of other road users. He also stressed the need for road users to follow traffic police personnel's instructions, especially in front of shopping malls and commercial areas that witness traffic jams. Finally, he called on them to choose the proper time for shopping to avoid traffic jams.
He highlighted the risks of speeding before Iftar, pointing out that traffic patrols from the directorate will patrol the streets of Abu Dhabi before the Maghrib call to prayer and hand out Iftar meals to motorists at traffic intersections in Abu Dhabi. This initiative, he said, is carried out in coordination with strategic partners working with the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate, to enhance traffic safety in the emirate. – Gulf News


Abu Dhabi Traffic Police promote traffic safety through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

posted on 14/07/2013

The Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police has launched an introductory campaign to familiarise community members with its program to reduce traffic accidents, titled "Together" on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to raise the standard of traffic culture.
The campaign highlights efforts exerted by Traffic and Patrols Directorate to achieve a sustainable traffic safety, as per the strategic priority of Abu Dhabi Police GHQ to make roads safer.
According to Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, indicated that the Traffic and Patrols Program to reduce traffic accidents, "together" on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter is increasingly attracting social networks' users.
In this context, he explained that the total posts, comments and views on Facebook amounted to 8.293, 432, while the number of followers of the program totalled 30,000 followers. Furthermore, he noted that the number of awareness messages via Twitter amounted to 6,220; awareness messages via "YouTube" reached 1.100,000 users. 57,000 viewers watched a 6-minute video clip on YouTube, which proves the success of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate awareness program.
Al Harthi continued: "A total 42.820,000 individuals "liked" the four community-based initiatives recently launched by the directorate (best driver, best school, best family, and best labour camp traffic-wise). This promotes the efforts to improve the motorists' behaviour and achieve communication and dialogue with them, with a view to promote traffic awareness and achieve a sustainable traffic culture". – Emirates News Agency, WAM