The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently made an announcement about its implementation of Phase II of the Dedicated Lane for RTA Buses and Taxis Project, covering Al Mamzar and Al Ghubaiba Roads, which will be commencing by the end of September 2016.
Furthermore, the grace period has been extended until the end of October, and no fines will be issued before that and the motorists can get ample time to be aware of the new system.
Phase I was executed at Naif Road on April 2015, according to a news report released, around 88% of motorists compliance and around 20% of the buses’ speed increased – indicating an improved traffic flow of RTA public transit means. A fine of Dh600 was implemented to any motorists violating the rule.
RTA had allocated a 20-meter grace distance nearby exits, turns and loading/drop off areas to enable those motorists to turn to exit the dedicated lane. Order No (1) for 2010 regarding the use of dedicated lanes in the Dubai has specified vehicles allowed to use dedicated lanes namely: public buses, taxis, Dubai Police cars, Civil Defence vehicles and ambulance vehicles on duty. Other private vehicles would only be allowed to use the dedicated lane when entering or exiting subsidiary roads,” according to a recent report released.
RTA’s Public Transport Agency’s CEO Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, notes, that the main objective of implementing the bus and taxi lane system (Al Masar) is to increase the share of public transit modes in the mobility of people living in Dubai, reduce traffic congestions and improve the on-time arrival of public buses and taxis.
The main aim of this system is also to reduce the operational costs of transport means and eliminate carbon emissions polluting the environment.
Around seven surveillance cameras along the dedicated lane to monitor offenders has been installed by RTA. Offences can be reported either automatically through these cameras, or manually through Dubai Police patrols. If drivers face fines twice (automatically and manually), for the same offence, only one penalty will be collected.
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