Detailing the move, Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, said: “The opening of the first trucks stops is part of the traffic safety plan set for highways; the implementation of which started at the end of last year and continues up to 2016 encompassing the construction of several truck stops/restrooms.
The first trucks parking now opened is situated on the Emirates Road in the direction of Sharjah about 5 km before the exit to Al Ain, and the remaining trucks parking facilities will be opened on the Emirates Road and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road during the next two years.
“As part of its traffic safety strategy, the RTA has endorsed the design and construction of 24 parking facilities for trucks spreading over the Emirates Road, and the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. Each truck stop is capable of accommodating 30 trucks with the aim of providing a venue for parking trucks in a safe manner before the onset of the trucks prohibited movement timing,” she noted.
“Apart from the stops which are currently being constructed, the RTA has completed the design of integrated rest rooms equipped with security personnel and guards around the clock. The facilities also include various appurtenances and services that meet the needs of drivers and workers such as hotel rooms, petrol stations, medical clinic, shops and maintenance services. The first rest house is located at the intersection of the Emirates Road with Trucks Road, the second is located in both directions of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near Dubai International City, and the third is located at Jebel Ali – Lihbab Road,” added bin Udai.
She reiterated RTA’s keen attention on ensuring the safety of road users, providing all safety and security precautions in internal and external roads to the highest international standards and specifications. “All procedures and engineering projects will not be enough to stop traffic accidents and ensuing deaths unless all motorists and road users adhere to safety rules and avoid the traffic accident triggers. As human errors account for about 85% of traffic accidents, concerted efforts of all public and private institutions are needed to raise the awareness of road users, particularly drivers of trucks and buses.”
Engineer Maitha bin Udai called upon all drivers to abide by the traffic safety rules and refrain from violating traffic laws. More info