The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that it will tentatively start the enforcement of the automated offence reporting system against vehicles in breach of the Bus & Taxi Dedicated Lane Code from the first of January up to the end of March 2015, where a fine amounting to 600 dirham will be recorded against offending vehicles.
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: “In the first stage, the RTA will start implementation of the system on the dedicated bus and taxi lane at Naif Street in a sector extending about one kilometer, serving nine routes and accommodating as much as 36 buses during a peak hour. The RTA will install seven surveillance cameras along the lane to monitor vehicles in breach of the system. Offences will be reported either automatically through surveillance cameras or manually through Dubai Police patrols.
“Order No (1) for 2010 regarding Dedicated Lanes on Dubai Roads has specified the vehicles permitted to use the dedicated lanes; which are public buses, taxis, Dubai Police vehicles, Civil Defence vehicles and ambulances vehicles attending to emergency cases. Private vehicles are permitted to use the dedicated bus lane only in the event of entering or exiting subsidiary roads,” said Al Tayer.
“The enforcement of the offence code on dedicated bus and taxi lanes is intended to increase the share of public transit means in the movement of people in the Emirate of Dubai, ease traffic congestions, improve the efficiency of on-time bus arrivals, cut the duration of taxi trips, reduce the direct & indirect operational costs of public transit means, and curbing carbon emission polluting the environment. The dedicated lanes are part of successful global practices enticing the public to use public transport rather than private transport means and is applied in several cities across North America and Europe,” added Al Tayer. More info