By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: After effectively implementing the heavy trailer testing system in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has proposed to authorities in other emirates to adopt the system in order to curb the number of accidents caused by heavy vehicles.
Heavy vehicles are estimated to cause more than 20 per cent of accidents on highways, many of them due to ill-maintained and faulty trailers, claiming dozens of lives every year.
RTA has carried out regular awareness campaigns on roads, where vehicles are stopped on the highways and drivers are explained about the best practices and safe driving habits.
Taking the safety mission further, the authority recently launched the heavy vehicle defect management system, which makes registering and testing of trailers along with the heavy trucks mandatory.
“We are working with the transport firms as well as the police to create awareness and to strictly enforce the system. We have set up testing facilities for trailers which are divided into 10 categories based on the goods they carry,” said Ahmad Hashem Bahroozian, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.