So what aren’t you driv­ing...

Sheikh Mo­hammed’s plan to make one in four cars driver­less

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By 7DAYS News team @7DAYSUAE

Ev­ery mo­torist in Dubai has their gripes about driv­ing and fel­low driv­ers on the city’s roads.

Tail­gat­ing, speed­ing, reck­less driv­ing, road rage, not giv­ing way - th­ese are just some of the daily moans driv­ers have about life on the high­ways. You just have to read the 7DAYS Let­ters page to know that.

Well, all those could be a thing of the past in the fu­ture thanks to a plan to get driver­less cars up and run­ning in the emi­rate.

HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took to Twit­ter yes­ter­day to an­nounce a project that will re­sult in a quar­ter of the ve­hi­cles on Dubai’s roads be­ing op­er­ated with­out a driver.

Sheikh Mo­hammed tweeted: “We have ap­proved a new strat­egy for self driv­ing trans­port… By the year 2030, 25 per cent of trans­port in Dubai will be smart and with­out a driver.”

He said the scheme will cut Dubai’s traf­fic jams and im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment as well as save the econ­omy mil­lions of dirhams.

It could also save up to 396 mil­lion hours in time spent in traf­fic each year, boost­ing work­force pro­duc­tiv­ity.

A taxi driver is ac­cused of pos­sess­ing drugs and sell­ing them to two of his cus­tomers.

Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court heard that the Filipino cab­bie was ar­rested af­ter two women re­ported him to po­lice when they were de­tained for con­sum­ing drugs.

Pros­e­cu­tors said of­fi­cers had ar­rested the women, also both from Philip­pines, af­ter they sus­pected them of be­ing high on drugs as they were walk­ing in a strange man­ner.

The Filip­inas, who are on trial in the same case, were taken for drug tests and their urine sam­ples tested pos­i­tive for hashish.

The women al­legedly told to the po­lice that they had con­sumed the drugs af­ter ob­tain­ing them from the cab­bie.

They told pros­e­cu­tors that the man who used to trans­port them in his cab sold them the hash.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the Filipino taxi driver and caught him in pos­ses­sion of hashish and dozens of tra­madol pills in his cab. How­ever, the ex­act amount of drugs found was not men­tioned in court.

The cab­bie’s urine also tested pos­i­tive for il­le­gal drugs. Pros­e­cu­tors charged him with pos­sess­ing drugs and sup­ply­ing them to cus­tomers. He was also charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs.

In court, the man ad­mit­ted to hav­ing tra­madol pills in his cab but said that they were for his own con­sump­tion. He de­nied sup­ply­ing the drugs to any of his pas­sen­gers.

“I had the tra­madol in the car but it was for my per­sonal use,” he told court.

“I don’t deal drugs and I have never sold them to any of my cus­tomers.”

How­ever, the women, who ad­mit­ted con­sum­ing hashish, in­sisted they had bought the drugs from the cab­bie.

The trial was ad­journed un­til May 2 for the de­fen­dants to ap­point lawyers to rep­re­sent them at fu­ture hear­ings.

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