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RTA, Dubai Police Ponder On Establishing Traffic Accidents Management Unit Project
(11 March 2015)

 

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has recently held a coordinative meeting with Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Muzainah, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police. The meeting discussed the Assessment of Traffic Accidents Management Project in the Dubai, and reviewed the proposal of establishing Traffic Accidents Management Units.

[Al Tayer and Muzainah during the meeting]

These units are intended to provide traffic support during crashes, ensure the rapid clearance of vehicles involved in minor traffic accidents as well as broken-down vehicles to ease traffic congestion, alleviate traffic congestion & streamline the traffic flow at the site of the crash or surrounding roads, cut short the time of clearing vehicles involved in accidents, and avoid the onset of potential secondary accidents as a result of sudden congestion.

At the outset of the meeting, Al Tayer hailed the strategic partnership between the RTA and the General Headquarters of Dubai Police. He appreciated the huge support and cooperation accorded to the RTA by the Dubai Police, and the coordination in place as regards  to the management of traffic movement and law-enforcement measures.

“These periodic meetings are held in the context of the MoU between the RTA and Dubai Police to effectively bolster the existing strategic partnership between the two parties in an institutional manner. We are equally keen on leveraging this relationship in a way that serves all community segments and reflects positively on the economic and social development drive in the emirate.

Major General Khamis Mattar Al Muzainah stressed the importance of the continuous coordination and communication between the General Headquarter of Dubai Police and the RTA, which contributed to improving the traffic safety level, launching several joint campaigns, and sharing knowledge and expertise.

The Chief of Dubai Police noted some traffic jam hotspots, and was briefed on the solutions figured out by the RTA to address them in the form of projects that will be constructed shortly.

The meeting also reviewed the report submitted by the consultant tasked to study the Assessment of Traffic Accidents Management Project in Dubai emirate, and benchmarking it against the world’s best practices in countries with advanced traffic practices such as Britain, USA and Singapore,

The study showed that the cost of traffic congestion in Dubai is estimated as 3.5 billion dirham per annum; where 1.8 billion dirham is attributed to snarls triggered by traffic accidents. This means that traffic accidents-related tailbacks account for up to 51% of the total cost of congestions whereas this rate in countries with advanced traffic systems is as low as 25% only.

The study also reported that improvement of roads in Dubai reached 48% between 2006 and 2014, and crashes escalated by 16% between 2011 and 2013. It also pointed to the massive increase in the number of vehicles and the huge projected increase in vehicle numbers over the next few years particularly during the lead-up of Expo 2020.

The two parties discussed the proposed Organizational Chart of the Traffic Accidents Management Unit in Dubai, and setting up of a joint Operations Room for the Dubai Police, RTA and some strategic partners, provided it has to be affiliated to the Operations Room of the Dubai Police. A tentative agreement has been reached as regards to the Roles & Responsibilities of the RTA and the Dubai Police in the Accidents Unit, and the signing of Service Level Agreement detailing the roles of each party. The two parties have also agreed to start the trial application of the Traffic Accidents Management Unit in sectors of the Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and a 100 km-long sector of the Dubai–Al Ain Road. The practice will be subjected to assessment over a period of one to two years.

The meeting was attended by engineer Husain Mohammed Al Banna, Director of Traffic at the RTA, and the Consultant of TRL Company.

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