RTA installs remote monitoring systems for heavy vehicles

The system is run optionally from 1 February and mandatory from 1 August 2017

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RTA installs remote monitoring systems for heavy vehicles The decision is in line with the smart city initiative, with the aim to improve traffic safety through reducing accidents of heavy trucks
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 30, 2017

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed it will being to install remote monitoring systems for heavy vehicles from 1 February to 31 July 2017.

The service will be offered to transportation companies, which can avail it with a 15% discount on fees during the period from 1 February to 30 April 2017, and a 6% discount from 1 May to the end of July 2017. The mandatory phase would start on 1 August 2017.

Trucks would be subject to remote monitoring through the Smart Monitoring Center of the Licensing Agency. Technical inspectors at the Center would be able to communicate with road patrols of the Dubai Police and RTA to enforce the law against violating vehicles.

The decision is in line with the smart city initiative, with the aim to improve traffic safety through reducing accidents of heavy trucks, increasing road safety and security, as well as monitoring driver attributes.

Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA's Licensing Agency, said: "The RTA is keen on offering the best solutions towards enhancing the traffic awareness level and applying smart technologies in various fields including the smart monitoring of heavy vehicles.

"The purpose of such monitoring is to ensure the soundness of vehicles, verify the compliance of drivers with the traffic rules, improve the traffic safety and road security, minimise accidents resulting from malpractices of drivers, and curb the negative impacts of faults sustained by heavy vehicles as well as misconducts on the part of drivers. The deliverables obtained from these systems enable us to retrieve and analyse information about vehicle faults and track them in accordance with the highest international practices."

He added: "The objective of the technology is to rate the risks of vehicles, drivers and transportation companies, besides easing the burden on compliant parties and applying a more rigorous approach to defaulters. The technology has a feature for monitoring the number of driving hours and attitudes of heavy vehicle drivers (reckless driving, sudden braking, dangerous acceleration, over speeding, traffic accidents and driving during prohibited timing or places).

"In the event of non-compliance with the system, the RTA would be obliged not to register or renew the registration of the vehicle until it is fitted with the system. It would implement the Federal Traffic Law by abolishing the registration of the vehicle for failure to renew registration. The service targets all heavy vehicles licensed in Dubai Emirate and the implementation phase comprises three phases. The results of the initial phase would be shared with the Federal Traffic Council for considering the implementation of the system across the nation. A single phone number (600560005) has been designated for serving customers and responding to their queries in Arabic & English languages," added the CEO of RTA Licensing Agency.

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