A Dubai Tram ‘accident’ that was very carefully planned

RTA carries collision drill scenario between tram and vehicles to step up traffic safety

DUBAI 9 April 2017: The Emergency and Crises Management Team at the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has carried out a drill scenario of a collision of Dubai Tram with several vehicles at Station 3.

The drill started at 2:00 am Friday and continued up to 7:30 am on the same day. Several parties took part in the drill including Dubai Police General HQ, General Directorate General of Civil Defence, and Dubai Ambulance Services Corporation.

“The drill was based on a presumed collision between Dubai Tram and several vehicles. The aim of the drill was to verify the readiness and quick response of the Emergency and Crises Management Team and step up the preparedness to maintain high traffic safety levels,” said Dr. Yousef Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) cum Head of Emergency and Crises Management Team in the RTA.

“The aim of the drill is to raise the readiness of the Emergency and Crises Management Team of the RTA as well as its counterparts in other government bodies in Dubai. It reveals to what extent these teams are ready to intervene and contain such accidents if occurred under any condition, God forbids. We are therefore keen to carry out such drills in a planned timeline, in cooperation with several government and semi-government entities in the Emirate,” commented Al Ali

“This drill is part of the plans of RTA’s Emergency & Crises Management Team and complements the ongoing cooperation with other government and semi-government bodies towards the implementation of unified traffic safety standards,” added the CEO of DTC and Head of Emergency & Crises Management Team in the RTA.

 – By Sheena Amos