By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently launched a month-long campaign aimed at ensuring tyre safety in the cars used to train students at driving institutes.
The focus is on five driving institutes that jointly own 657 vehicles used to train students, Ahlam Al Feel, director of the Monitoring and Enforcement department at the RTA Licensing Agency told Gulf News.
The five driving institutes are Emirates Driving Institute, Al Ahli Driving Centre, Galadari Motor Driving Centre and Belhasa Driving Centre.
“The campaign has been launched since faulty tyres are the major cause of accidents, especially in summer,” Al Feel said.
The campaign aims to step up awareness on road traffic safety, said the official, adding that it will continue until the end of this month.
During the first two weeks awareness lectures and programmes were held to educate driving instructors as well as those who are learning driving.
The next two weeks focused on inspecting these cars and enforcing the regulations.
The campaign aims to instil the basic concepts of risks associated with the use of old, expired or defective tyres which are mainly responsible for major traffic accidents.
Key points of verifying the tyre validity were explained and the factors resulting in wearing out or bursting of tyres — such as over inflating or under inflating tyres, excessive speeding and overloading the vehicle — were highlighted during the lectures.
Instructors were also urged to carry out periodic check-ups of spare tyres.