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New taxi laws to curb accidents in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, March 13, 2014

Abu Dhabi’s Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars has added a set of additional laws and regulations for taxi operators and drivers in the emirate, in an effort to reduce traffic accidents by at least half.
 
The ‘Traffic Safety & Security’ initiative follows results from a series of studies on traffic scenarios conducted by the centre and is part of the ‘Gulf Traffic Week’.
 
Taxi operators must terminate the service of taxi drivers who cause traffic accidents and exceed their black points limit according to the traffic and licensing system.
 
Other violations which result in the termination of the driving license include jumping a red light, driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or similar substances, not stopping after causing an accident, in addition to reckless driving. 
 
Taxi operators will be held accountable for installing parking assistance/reverse sensors in all taxis; this is based on the fact that 10 per cent of taxi traffic accidents were caused while reversing.  
 
The maximum working hours of taxi drivers will also be electronically set as to not exceed eight hours per day as “Hired” status. 
 
When exceeding the speed limit, there will only be one warning/alert per day to the driver before getting fined. If a driver exceeds the speed limit by 20 km/h, the metre shuts down immediately and the driver gets a ‘call for investigation.’
 
The centre has also set numerous strategies towards encouraging and supporting taxi operators and drivers, including honouring drivers from the various operating companies on a monthly and yearly basis, according to a set of criteria. 
 
It will also set a special index for traffic accidents which will now be  included in the performance matrix of taxi operators in addition to launching  campaigns to encourage customers to pre-book taxis so that the mileage travelled as well as potential traffic accidents by taxis are reduced. - TradeArabia News Service



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