Dubai taxis fitted with new flashing brake light
by Neil Halligan
Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has fitted a new brake light system on 60 of its affiliated taxicabs as part of an experiment that’s hoped to reduce the number of accidents.
The new device, called Brake-Plus, is connected with the taxi’s brake system and flashes intermittently to alert the driver behind when the taxi slows down or has to stop.
Ammar Al Buraiki, Acting Director of Fleet Operations, Head of Your Safety Team at DTC said the initiative is one of a series from a details study of the underlying factors of accidents sustained by taxicabs.
“The device has been fixed and connected with the brake system such that it flashes intermittent lights to alert the driver of the vehicle at the back in case the taxicab has to stop or slow-down, which would help in reducing potential accidents, especially those related to the lack of sufficient distance. This experiment is the first of its kind in the Middle East applied to taxicabs,” said Al Buraki.
“Cabbies have been trained on the functionality of the device in order to step up their skills and work efficiency, which will reflect positively on realising the vision of the DTC,” he added.
DTC’s current fleet comprises 4,344 vehicles offering various services including VIP Taxi, Airport Taxi, Hatta Taxi, Ladies Taxi, Family Taxi, General Taxi, Safe Hands Taxi, and Disabled Taxi.
More than 9,800 cabbies hailing from 36 countries are employed to run a 24-hour taxi service on shift basis.