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Dubai Police have launched a phone campaign in a bid to persuade motorists with outstanding traffic fines to pay before Jan 10 as they look for boost revenues, Arabian Business has learned. Police are calling motorists with fines of more than AED10,000 and companies who owe more than AED30,000 to outline an emirate-wide discount on fines to encourage payment.
The Shaikh Khalifa Expressway, linking Fujairah and Dubai and constructed at a cost of Dh2 billion, will be opened soon to coincide with the National Day celebrations. “The expressway will help commuters to cover the distance between the two emirates in 40 minutes,”
"By the end of this year, we will stop accepting eye tests on paper. All eye testing centres in Dubai, about 100 centres, will soon be electronically linked to the RTA to facilitate this initiative," said Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, CEO of the RTA's Licensing Agency.
While the RTA marks its sixth anniversary and free public transport day today for the second consecutive year, it has announced the completion of 90 per cent of its roads, traffic and public transport projects at a cost of more than Dh60 billion while more than Dh44 billion will be spent on more projects by 2020.
Vehicle registration and testing would be dearer by Dh20 in Dubai in the next few days as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has hiked the fees, while at the same time introducing new services. The decision has been taken after approval from Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
A dramatic fall in traffic accidents this week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry services. In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service.
The new technology has been fitted to 40 trucks as an experiment to see its role in minimising traffic accidents. The system also checks tyre pressure, monitors variation in tyre alignment and defines the proper position of the tyre through a display panel indicating the body of the vehicle and tyre distribution in an effective manner.
Most heavy vehicles in Dubai, owned by transport companies, are older than ten years which is a major road safety risk, a senior traffic official said on Wednesday, calling for increased monitoring of these vehicles across the UAE. "Statistics have shown that the older the vehicle, the higher the risk."
“Real estate is part of the city. We are developing, Dewa is developing big projects, RTA has completed the Metro and so many roads. We too have completed a huge sewage plant. We are building new public gardens and launching so many other projects. So it is not just real estate,” he added.