Abu Dhabi prepares to clamp down on unsafe trucks
The Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport has found that as much as 70% of heavy freight trucks have serious safety defects that must be rectified.
The announcement was made as part of the launch of its ‘Truck Maintenance and Operational Standards’ workshop in the UAE capital, which displayed the procedures that are followed by DMAT, based on research and tested procedures to maintain vehicle safety standards across the industry.
“Our gathering today is a way to provide an integrated, safe and sustainable method of freight based on international standards,” said Ahmed Al Hammadi, freight division director. “We aimed to raise the level of heavy vehicles safety depending on field work which allowed us to identify the main challenges facing the sector. Consequently, we can prevent accidents and enhance the quality of services to create an effective, safe and sustainable freight system.”
In addition, Al Hammadi revealed that many heavy vehicles were not complying with the required safety regulations according to field inspections.
He also said that DMAT will not allow the use of any unsafe vehicle and will force fees on any violators.
Al Hammadi added that vehicles should not be used unless they were ready. He also said that it is important to identify working hours, to make sure that drivers avoid driving their vehicles if they are exhausted and that they need to have enough time to relax before driving.
Adhering to the aforementioned points assures safe drive on Abu Dhabi roads, he said.