Licence delays for RAK truck drivers

The Department for Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah has enforced a new rule temporarily banning the issue of licences for new heavy trucks in the emirate in order to allow the government to amend the heavy trucks licensing law, according to the Khaleej Times.

NEWS, PMV

The Department for Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah has enforced a new rule temporarily banning the issue of licences for new heavy trucks in the emirate in order to allow the government to amend the heavy trucks licensing law, according to the Khaleej Times.

The move has been prompted by traffic jams and accidents caused by the increase in the number of heavy vehicles on the emirate's streets.

The DED Deputy Director, Hamad Al Shamsi, told the paper that after meeting with competent authorities in the different government offices in Ras Al Khaimah, the department decided to stop issuing licences for new heavy vehicles until the rules are amended regarding the licence fees. It is thought that the situation will be resolved in July as negosiations are to take place with the government shortly.

Several would-be truck operators were dismayed at the delay, though none would put their comments on record.

Earlier in the year, haulage firms were dismayed at a ruling which required them to use refrigerated trucks to haul perishable fruits as it required huge expense and months of downtime while new vehicle bodies could be built.

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