DUBAI 1 April 2017: A meeting between the heads of Dubai Police and Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) resulted in the 10 km/h cut in the speed limit on both Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road in Dubai – from today.
Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Director General and Chairman met with Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, and discussed the needs of Dubai Police in the Enterprise Command & Control Center (EC3), and the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line to the site of Expo Project (Route 2020).
Topics discussed also included safety issues of Dubai Tram, management of traffic accidents and the reduction of speed limits on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road. Officials from both entities attended.
“These regular coordination meetings offer an important communication channel for discussing new developments especially those relating to enhanced safety of roads and mass transit means for the benefit of citizens and residents of Dubai,” said Al Tayer.
“These meetings are of huge benefit to the emirate. They enable realizing the common objectives of providing security, tranquility and happiness to citizens and residents,” said Al Marri.
The meeting discussed the Enterprise Command & Control Center Project of the RTA with the aim of linking various control centers of RTA’s operational agencies.
It will bring together the Control Centers of Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, Public Transport, Taxi and Traffic Systems to form a consolidated central control unit connecting all RTA agencies. Discussions covered the needs of the Dubai Police regarding office space and the training of police personnel deployed in the EC3.
Discussions also touched on the management of traffic accidents in Dubai with the aim of reducing the time taken in managing traffic accidents and restoring the traffic movement back to normal as quick as possible.
Under this project, the RTA will provide logistical support needed by the Police in managing traffic accidents through opening alternative roads, introducing traffic diversions …etc.
The two parties discussed lowering the speed limit on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road given the recurrent traffic and run-over accidents on the two roads. It has been agreed to reduce the speed limit from 120 km/h to 110 km/h and reset the radar at 131 km/h, and intensify law enforcement measures to fend off jaywalking.
Discussions touched on the parking of heavy vehicles in residential areas, where it was agreed to run joint awareness and enforcement campaigns to intensify the monitoring of trucks and reporting violators.
The Dubai Police delegation reviewed details of Route 2020 Project involving the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line 15 km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo. Accordingly, the Dubai Police, represented by Transport Security Department, will specify the security requirements of the project to ensure an appropriate working environment for the security personnel in the light of lessons learnt in the metro and tram projects.
The meeting also discussed restoring the Dubai Tram service following any incident and the need to take all measures to help reduce the service disruption time in collaboration with RTA concerned parties.
Attendees of the meeting included Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Assistant Commandant of Operations, Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commandant of CID, Major General Mohammed Saad Al Sharif, Assistant Commandant of Administration, in addition to a host of senior officers. Attendees from the RTA included Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency, Hussain Al Banna, Executive Director of Traffic at Traffic & Roads Agency, and several directors.
– By Rajive Singh