Freight transport safety standards discussed

The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi held a workshop looking at new safety standards for freight transport on Sunday.

ABU DHABI // The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi held a workshop looking at new safety standards for freight transport on Sunday.

“Setting minimum safety standards for operators of goods vehicles is an absolute must in Abu Dhabi,” said Mohammed Nasser Al Otaiba, director of DoT’s freight division.

“The launch of today’s public consultation shows that the Department of Transport values the opinions and experience of the private sector as this will allow us to set reasonable and workable standards for truck operators.”

The introduction of these new minimum standards comes in response to research and surveys indicating that many freight transportation vehicles lack the safety standards needed to operate on the roads of Abu Dhabi.

During research conducted in partnership with Abu Dhabi Police last year, over 500 trucks were inspected at the roadside.

The research found that the majority of these trucks did not fully adhere to the required safety standards.

According to another survey many trucks are parked unsuitably, especially in the Mussafah industrial area.

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Published: December 7, 2014 04:00 AM

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