Crew bus clampdown

The crackdown on driving violations in Dubai has continued with the seizure of a bus overloaded with workers.

Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)
Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)

The crackdown on driving violations in Dubai has continued with the seizure of a bus overloaded with workers.

Dubai Police's Deira Traffic Department patrols confiscated the bus for carrying far too many passengers and for not maintaining standards of safety.

The seizure comes as a part of a clampdown on offences committed by bus drivers. Captain Mohamed Abdullah Khalfan, director of patrols section, urged the companies running buses to abide by safety rules for the sake of its passengers.

Earlier this month, police in Dubai confiscated a total of 160 minibuses in just five days for a range of violations, including speeding, dangerous driving and overcrowding. This followed a spate of fatal accidents last month, which prompted Brigadier Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, director of the traffic department to announce a plan to fit speed limiting devices to all light busses. This would physically prevent them from exceeding 100kph.

"Most minibusses involved in fatal accidents... were speeding excessively" he said.

Meanwhile, talks have taken place between police and officials from the Roads and Transport Authority in a bid to ease congestion in Dubai.

The meeting between Major Hassan Nasser Abdel Razaq, acting director of Deira Traffic Department, and Mohamed Al Hamadi, head of parking section of the RTA, also tackled the mechanism of guiding motorists to go to the police station in case of minor accidents.

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