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New rest stops available for Dubai's truck drivers

by ASC Staff on Jan 7, 2015

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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has completed construction of six rest stops for truck drivers as part of its efforts to improve road safety. 

The first rest area, on Emirates road, opened in June 2014 and since then five more have opened along Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Hatta-Oman road to help heavy vehicle drivers get adequate rest away from the highways.

Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, said: "The RTA is keen on implementing the objectives of the strategic plan of traffic safety on main roads and in 2014 it completed the construction of six highway rest stops for trucks with a total capacity of 160 parking slots.

"According to the plan, six new rest stops will be constructed in 2015 and work is in currently underway in selecting appropriate locations for these stops.

"The locations of these stops are selected in accordance with certain criteria such as that they have to be on highways and near service centres (petrol stations) to ensure the availability of basic and handy services to drivers."

Human error accounts for about 85 per cent of traffic accidents in the UAE, and accidents involving trucks and lorries have historically resulted in a higher numbers of casualties.

In an RTA statement, Udai called on all drivers to observe traffic safety regulations and park their vehicles at the designated places.

Facilities in the rest areas include restaurants, dormitories, clinics, vehicle workshops and petrol stations. The parking facilities also have security staff working 24/7.



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