More than half of lorries inspected in Dubai during six-month period had faults

More than half of the lorries inspected in Dubai in the first six months of this year were found to have had faults, according to the Road Transport Authority.

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The Road Transport Authority of Dubai found issues with tyres, overloading, and faulty lights and signals when it inspected some 26,000 heavy vehicles in the first six months of 2016. Satish Kumar / file, The National
The Road Transport Authority of Dubai found issues with tyres, overloading, and faulty lights and signals when it inspected some 26,000 heavy vehicles in the first six months of 2016. Satish Kumar / file, The National

DUBAI // More than half of the lorries inspected in Dubai in the first six months of this year were found to have had faults, according to the Road Transport Authority.

About 13,000 of the more than 22,000 heavy vehicles checked by the authority in the first half of 2016 failed to pass inspection.

As a result, the authority impounded 301 lorries for posing “a threat to traffic and road users”, and found what it described as major faults in nearly 10,000. The results were not surprising, one road safety expert said.

George Zakhem, a programme manager for Transport Research Laboratory, a UK-based transport consultancy, said typical faults included worn-out tyres, overloading and improperly secured cargo that fell on to the roads.

“Finding faults with lorries on the road is not new, and anyone can notice them,” Mr Zakhem said. “The first problem you see is the tyres, and the hub to which the tire is fixed, or problems with the body of the vehicle, which affects the safety of loads.”

Other major breaches included faulty lights and signals and overloading. “To avoid having to take more trips, and because drivers sometimes work overtime without taking proper rest, they overload their vehicles,” he said.

Overloading stressed tyres, brakes and engines, he said. More info

By   www.thenational.ae

Photo: The Road Transport Authority of Dubai found issues with tyres, overloading, and faulty lights and signals when it inspected some 26,000 heavy vehicles in the first six months of 2016. Satish Kumar / file, The National

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