Traffic chief calls for ban on ‘dangerous’ vehicles
Minibuses transporting passengers on Dubai roads could be facing the axe, a senior police official has said.
A change in the law has been proposed by the Director of the Federal Traffic Council and presented to the Interior Ministry.
General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen claimed that minibuses have a bad track record of being involved in accidents and should not be used to transport people.
“We are coordinating with the concerned authority in order to ban using minibuses to transport people in the UAE,” said Al Zafeen.
He said that minibuses should be limited to the transportation of goods.
“The minibus doesn’t have basic safety By Ali Al Shouk features like other vehicles,” he said. “It holds around 14 passengers seated very close to each other and shouldn’t be used to transport passengers, as its structure is not strong enough. “Al Zafeen added: “Minibuses should only transport goods not people. They should be banned. Fif - teen per cent of people killed on the roads each year in accidents
die involving minibuses.”
More broadly, Dubai Police said 64 people died in traffic accidents in the first four months of this year compared to 49 in the same period last year. Al Zafeen also said the Traffic Council is to recommended the banning of heavy goods vehicles from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road, which he said would help reduce the number of accidents.