Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently issued the technical requirements and specifications for the buses transporting Pilgrims this year which conform with the technical specifications and requirements issued by the Ministry of the Interior in the state of UAE in addition to being identical to the laws issued by the competent authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of such specifications and requirements is to reduce traffic accidents and technical failures.
Mr. Tariq Al Ghaith, the Acting Director of the Franchise and Monitoring Department at the Roads and Transport Authority, pointed out that the Department has issued these technical requirements and specifications after coordination and close work with the vehicles licensing departments, commercial transportation agencies and supervision and inspection at the licensing agency at the Authority.
Mr. Ghaith said: We put down an action plan for disseminating the technical requirements and specifications among the vehicle inspection centres after presenting these technical requirements and specifications to the competent authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and obtaining the required approval from them. We have assigned Warsan Registration Centre and Tamam Al Kindy Vehicle Inspection Centre to receive the buses registered in the Emirate of Dubai to be checked for transporting pilgrims to the Holy Land.
The pilgrim transport buses, he said, are to provide all comfort to passengers traditionally required for long journeys. Such requirements include: wide, openable and movable windows, luggage packages and a front bumper trailer ring. In addition, an optimum bus must be equipped with fire extinguishers, first aid kits commensurate with the number of passengers and electro-mechanic maintenance equipment and wheels. Busses that have their steering wheels shifter from left to right may not be used.
“RTA is always keen to offer world class quality collective transport services for the sake of increasing safety and security for passengers, particularly those travelling to perform religions rituals in Mecca and Medina”, he added. More info