Traf­fic chief calls for ban on ‘danger­ous’ ve­hi­cles

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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.

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