Dubai’s RTA expands project to speed up response time to road accidents

Four new main road corridors to be established by end of year

The RTA is looking to cut response times from rapid response vehicles attending accidents in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced a project to examine the speed at which emergency vehicles reach accident sites, aiming for a response time of 10 minutes and a clearance time of 15 minutes.

Named the Traffic Incident Management Unit, it also aims to minimise secondary accidents, enhance traffic flow and speed up road clearance.

By the end of 2024, four additional main road corridors will be integrated into the project, which will increase the coverage from 13 to 17 traffic corridors and streets. The expansion extends the total road covered by the Unit to 951km in both directions.

“The Traffic Incident Management project jointly run with Dubai Police offers exceptional services to motorists, including addressing vehicle breakdowns, swift management of accident scenes, and restoring normal traffic flow,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA.

“The scope of the project also covers implementing temporary traffic diversions in the surrounding areas, aiding motorists, and providing traffic management support during events.

“Specific locations have been designated for the deployment of rapid response vehicles on major highways and critical roads to ensure their quick arrival at accident scenes, aiming for a response time of 10 minutes and a clearance time of 15 minutes.”

The expansion applies to the following roads:

  • Airport Street
  • Al Khail Road (Phase I from the Business Bay crossing to Ras Al Khor Road)
  • Al Khail Road (Phase II from Ras Al Khor Street to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road)
  • Al Rabat Street
  • Al Wasl Street
  • Al Yalayis Street
  • Dubai – Al Ain Road
  • Emirates Road
  • Expo Road
  • Hessa Street
  • Jebel Ali-Lehbab Road
  • Jumeirah Street
  • Ras Al Khor Street
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road
  • Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street
  • Sheikh Zayed Road (encompassing Sheikh Rashid Road and Al Ittihad Road)
  • Umm Suqeim Street

"The project is set to shorten the clearance time for minor incidents by 35 per cent, cut down congestion and related expenses by 25 per cent, and diminish the frequency of secondary incidents,” explained Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri of Dubai Police.

"The goal is to position Dubai as a city characterised by safety and stability, where development is built on safeguarding lives and properties," he added.

Updated: March 28, 2024, 12:07 PM