So what aren’t you driving...
Sheikh Mohammed’s plan to make one in four cars driverless
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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