Smart 'moles' installed to catch Dubai trucks speeding

Break failure and fuel leak among faults that will be reported.
RTA, Safety, Technology, Trucks, NEWS


Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed that a smart device will be installed in every heavy vehicle in the emirate to monitor the quality of the vehicle and the driving in an effort to enhance safety.

The device will report any kind of faults and issues with driver behaviour, such as speeding,directly to the Licensing Agency of the RTA.

The number of driving hours will also be monitored.

Sultan Al Kutbi, director of monitoring and enforcement of the RTA, said. "The telematics will measure tyre pressure, tyre temperature, engine temperature and vehicle weight. An alarm system will alert when there is a fault in the break system or fuel leakage.

"Some drivers tend to drive very long hours and this is dangerous. We are studying the proposal of driver cards, which can only be activated for one driver for maybe 6 to 7 hours. After that, the card has to be passed on to another driver."

The results of the observations of the telematics will add up to a database, through which the agency will be able to evaluate each company in the emirate based on their technical parameters.

Each company will have different parameters based on which they will be judged. If a company produces too many problems, it will be denied the permission to re-register, explained Sultan.

Apart from the evaluation per company drivers can be held accountable for their individual violations as well, as the RTA will be cooperating with Dubai Police.

Individual vehicles will eventually be rated as well, based on the data provided by the road technical inspections, remote detection of faults and the annual technical inspection.

Sultan commented: "Points will be assigned in respect of each fault or offence, based on the gravity and detected faults. All points will be listed and a final rating out of ten will be assigned."

The most common faults that lead to accidents on the road are tyre problems and overweight, and traffic accidents involving heavy vehicles often result in a considerable number of causalities.

Currently the installment of the telematics is still in the study phase and a pilot project will be carried out soon.

"To start with, 30 telematics will be operated during an experimental period ranging from 3 to 6 months, and a comprehensive assessment of the experience will be made," explained Sultan.

"When the project is finalised, we will start implementing the system in heavy vehicles that are older than 15 years, as these are the vehicles causing most problems."

Eventually all heavy vehicles will be evaluated, which will amount to about 60,000 in Dubai. 

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