Time to respect delivery men on motorbikes
Top officer says bikes need space
A senior police officer has suggested motorbikes should get their own lanes on roads as motorists “don’t respect them”.
General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police for Operational Affairs and head of the Federal Traffic Council, spoke after meeting with delivery drivers who had been involved in traffic accidents.
Figures from the police show 10 people were killed in 126 traffic accidents involving motorbikes in Dubai last year, while 142 people were seriously injured.
“The delivery men told me that some drivers don’t respect them and always want to cut across them, which causes accidents. We have drivers who don’t respect pedestrians and also motorcyclists,” Al Zafeen said.
He added that some of the delivery men also said their bosses encouraged them to go fast to speed up deliveries.
Al Zafeen said that, last year, a delivery rider lost his leg in a serious accident.
“I think it’s better to have special roads for them on highways,” he said.
“The motorbike is a bomb on the road, especially if there are two people on one motorbike.”
Karabam Qader, 22, an Indian delivery driver who works for a small restaurant in Al Refaa, said he takes care on the road, adding: “My life is more important than delivering food in a fast way.”
But, he said car drivers constantly harass him.
“They don’t respect us and are always trying to cut in front of me and don’t give me space,” Qader added.
Another delivery man, Shareef Abdul Noor, 28, who is Egyptian and works for a cafeteria in Sharjah, said that, two years ago, a colleague suffered minor injuries after he was speeding to catch a green signal and crashed into the back of a car. “He was close to losing his life because he was speeding to deliver some food,” Shareef added.
WORKING: Delivery men are ‘harassed’ by other motorists, they told Dubai Police