68 truck drivers lose licences for dangerous overtaking
68 truck drivers in Abu Dhabi have had their driving licences revoked for dangerous overtaking, and fined up to AED 10,000 during September, following action by the Abu Dhabi police.
The licences were revoked for a period of three months.
The measures are in line with the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters’ priority to maintain safety on roads, in pursuance with the directorate’s strategy to reduce road accidents that occur due to overtaking trucks, said the authority.
Colonel Hamad Nasser Al Bloushi, Head of Peripheral Regions Traffic Department at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate, Abu Dhabi Police, said that dangerous overtaking by trucks can result in serious traffic accidents.
Abu Dhabi police is committed to reduceing heavy trucks’ accidents and their resulting deaths and serious injuries, through its safety strategy, said Al Bloushi.
Measures that have been implemented in Abu Dhabi to improve road safety and avoid any potential truck accidents include limiting the maximum speed for trucks to 80 km/h and prohibiting trucks from using the outer roads in cases of low visibility due to fog or bad weather.
“Trucks are banned from movement until the fog clears and visibility is restored; they are also prohibited from entering Abu Dhabi during peak hours and changing weather conditions,” he said.
Head of Peripheral Regions Traffic Department stated that traffic control was tightened on external and truck roads to reduce the dangers of overtaking and avoid causes that lead to road accidents. He urged motorists to abide by the traffic rules to avoid causing accidents, due to sudden swerves and lane changes.