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RTA Revamps Fort Of Generations In Conjunction With Dubai Police, KHDA And Emirates Transport
(18 January 2015)

 

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has rejuvenated the joint government scheme billed as Fort of Generations in coordination with the Dubai Police, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and Emirates Transport.

[Dr. Yousef Al Ali]

This project, which is the first of its kind in the school transport sector across the Emirate, is focused on developing an array of rules & regulations setting up standards of school buses, endorsing work processes to be adopted, and detailing responsibilities of all concerned parties.

Dr. Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA Public Transport Agency, said: “The project as a whole epitomizes the objectives of the Dubai Government as regards improving the traffic safety levels as well as attitudes of road users through a host of integrated awareness programs. It also echoes the objectives of the Traffic Safety Committee as regards ensuring the safety of all sorts of mobility means, and reflecting aspirations of the RTA for reducing accidents, and the goals of the project partners represented by the Dubai Police in controlling the security of the road, and curbing traffic fatalities to 14.42 per 100 thousand of population. It also embodies the aims of KHDA for encouraging private learning institutions to deliver distinctive educational and training services, and the endeavours of Emirates Transport towards enhancing practices compatible with the local and international standards of safety and protecting the environment as well as the community.”

Implementation Mechanisms

Al Ali indicated that the Fort of Generations scheme was based on conducting technical studies assisting in drafting & endorsing appropriate laws and new revisions, and innovating awareness events to qualify the targeted segments, such as students, bus operators, parents and schools, to shoulder their duties highlighted in the project. “There are certain procedures for following up the implementation in coordination with our partners to designate the supporting entities (i.e. the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs, and the American National Association for Pupil Transportation) for implementing the strategic objectives relating to the most important segment in our community i.e. school students,” added Dr. Al Ali.

“In collaboration with the project’s stakeholders, human resources have been allocated for the project comprising 32 participants (4 work teams), 11 directors, 15 instructors, and 12 administrators & coordinators in addition to allocating the financial resources needed for publishing awareness materials, holding the school transport conference, and providing rewards to winners of sustainable school transport category. Moreover, a bus has been deployed to distribute gifts to schools, and identify technological resources such as electronic systems (NOCs, traffic accidents, servers) in addition to computers, training halls, display monitors and bus testing instruments,” he continued.

Positive Impacts

“The Fort of Generations also seeks to redress the poor usage of school buses by students due to the poor technical specifications, whereas the project contributed to raising the ratio of students lifted by buses to as much as 60%. Among the positive impacts achieved by the RTA as a result of the project is the participation of 5 schools in the Public Transport Day events, slashing the trips of private vehicles by 41%, and raising the number of buses in operation to 4,803 buses i.e. an increase of about 128% compared to the previous statistics. Positive impacts achieved also included hosting and participating in international conferences, holding workshops for transferring knowledge about the school transport sector to other Emirates and neighbouring countries, endorsing technical specifications for all school buses, and offering extended coverage encompassing other categories such as the disabled and nurseries. The Fort of Generations incorporates high-class technical stipulations relating to drivers & conductors, and all stakeholders have shown 100% compliance with these standards,” explained Al Ali.

Innovative Standards

“The Fort of Generations scheme comprises innovative standards to ensure that the safety of school buses is up to the international standards such that Dubai will lead the way in this regard. An electronic system has been introduced to track the ID card of the student such that parents can pinpoint the location of school buses as well as the timing of pick up and drop off of their children by visiting a specific website. It also ensures the integration of the issuance of school permits at the KHDA through dedicated electronic systems, fitting buses with technical specifications such as the Stop rod, and training drivers & conductors among others,” noted Al Ali.

“There are future plans for reinvigorating the School Bus Day initiative where all students will use school bus transport during a given day, upgrading the technical specifications of the bus to increase its capacity from 48 to 62 students, urging operators to comply with the specifications enabling them to apply for the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport Award, using the smart app (School Transport Guidelines) and linking it with the KHDA for issuing NOCs, and streamlining the jobs of instructors as well as the delivery of training courses. There is a future vision for empowering the RTA to be a role model in the school transport sector, and enhancing the pioneer profile of Dubai in addressing the security and safety of the mobility in implementation of its vision of Safe & Smooth Transport for All,” concluded the CEO of RTA Public Transport Agency.

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