High-tech system aims to reduce heavy vehicle traffic accidents in Dubai



DUBAI // A high-tech surveillance system is to be introduced aimed at reducing accidents and technical defects involving heavy vehicles.

The Heavy Vehicle Defect Clearing System (VDCS) will use smart technology to classify and assess the probability of a vehicle and its driver failing to comply with safety standards.

It follows an RTA study with a consultancy firm about the safety of heavy vehicles and comparing standards in different countries. A vehicle safety database has been established and a risk assessment of vehicles and drivers has been created together. Random testing of equipment and remote tracking of a range of vehicle types, ages and brands will also be used.

According to the RTA, heavy vehicles are responsible for 20 per cent of accidents in Dubai.

The initiative has been welcomed by Maj Gen Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, of Dubai Police. “Through the system operators and owners of companies can identify attitudes of offending drivers,” he said.

Vehicles that fail to meet the requirements will not be allowed on to roads, said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, chief executive of RTA’s Licensing Agency.

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