Time to re­spect de­liv­ery men on mo­tor­bikes

Top of­fi­cer says bikes need space

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

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

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