To ensure road safety for heavy vehicles, it is crucial that drivers receive regular trainings, there is stricter enforcement of laws, and technology-driven safety solutions are deployed.
These were some of the highlighted issues at the road safety event for commercial vehicles, which was organised on Sunday by Dubai Police, in cooperation with MAN Truck and Bus Middle East, and RoadSafetyUAE.
The event, held at Dubai Police Officers Club, showcased the latest road safety solutions and initiatives for heavy vehicles. It was attended by government officials and different stakeholders in the truck and bus industry, including fleet operators, members of Dubai Police, and ministry officials.
The forum discussed initiatives taken by the police to meet safety targets in Dubai’s Vision 2021 and how safety measures can save costs for companies in the long run.
It was revealed at the event that Dubai Police is considering introducing new regulations that will reduce working hours for heavy vehicle drivers.
Franz Freiherr von Redwitz, Managing Director, MAN Truck and Bus Middle East, said that the company is taking efforts to help Dubai Police in meeting its road safety goals.
“We strive to do this by suggesting policies that could regulate issues like overloading and also by introducing new technological features in our trucks and buses. One of the biggest problems on UAE roads is the use of very old trucks and faulty truck-trailer combinations. It is crucial that trucks and their trailers have the same safety features,” Redwitz said.
“We also hold regular training programmes for heavy vehicle drivers to educate them about our vehicles. Hence, the event showcases the superior technology we offer and also the services around it, because it is not only the vehicle, but both the vehicle and the driver that make roads safe,” he said.
Fabien Taillardat, business segment manager, Michelin, introduced their new digital solution at the venue. The new system enables companies or heavy vehicle drivers to carry out measured tire checks to assess its capability and durability.
The event concluded with a practical demonstration by MAN on its fleets’ safety features.
Captain Salem Mesfer Rashid Alamimi from the Dubai Police, said, “The event focused on improving and spreading knowledge on road safety measures. The more knowledge you have, the better driver you become.”