RTA felicitates winners of Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport

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By Lily B. Libo-on  www.khaleejtimes.com

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Tuesday honoured the winners of the 6th Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) 2013, an initiative launched to encourage public and private sectors to help reduce traffic congestion and uphold environment conservation efforts.

Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Council, honoured them in a special ceremony at the Rashid Hall of the World Trade Centre.

Following are the categories and winners of the awards:

Mobility Management: Emirates Airlines was adjudged first for its central services in transporting 13,000 employees to and from their workplace on a daily basis, which contributed to easing traffic congestion and demand on public parking. The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi came second for its programmes and initiatives that contributed to reducing the number of private vehicle work-related trips such as carpooling, flexitimes, employee buses and remote communication technologies.

Safety category: Dubai Ports World (DP World) won in this category for its Safe Driving Programme, which offered external drivers specialised training courses held by DP World’s operations training centre in six languages such as Arabic, Hindi, English, Urdu, Tamil and Malayalam on key traffic rules, including speed limits, driving at pedestrian crossings, enforcing traffic rules, wearing protective personal gear, and many others.

Emirates Transport came second in the category for its initiative on traffic safety and education. Third position was filled by AVIS company for its safety programmes and Technologies (Tool Box Talk, Black/Good Point, Risk Assessment GPS Installation). More info