Staff buses barred from Baniyas Bridge

Khaleej Times - - NATION - is­mail@khalee­j­ Staff Re­porter

abu dhabi — Start­ing to­day, buses trans­port­ing work­ers will not be al­lowed on the Baniyas Bridge in Abu Dhabi, ac­cord­ing to Abu Dhabi Po­lice.

The Abu Dhabi Traf­fic and Pa­trols Di­rec­torate on Satur­day an­nounced that buses trans­port­ing work­ers will be pre­vented from us­ing the Baniyas Bridge start­ing Septem­ber 17.

The move was in­tended to en­sure smooth flow of traf­fic, pro­mote safety on the roads and re­duce traf­fic ac­ci­dents that might be caused by the many ve­hi­cles trans­port­ing work­ers.

Colonel Salim Ab­dul­lah bin Barak Al Dha­heri, di­rec­tor of traf­fic depart­ment for the outer re­gion at the Abu Dhabi Traf­fic and Pa­trols Di­rec­torate, said: “Ban­ning buses trans­port­ing work­ers from use of the Baniyas Bridge is aimed at re­duc­ing con­ges­tion on the road. I urge all driv­ers of buses trans­port­ing work­ers to abide by the new rule through­out the day.”

Al Dha­heri told driv­ers have to use al­ter­na­tive routes that have been des­ig­nated for trucks and buses. Bus driv­ers caught us­ing the banned route will be fined Dh1,000 and four black points writ­ten against their li­cences, ac­cord­ing to the law.

The of­fi­cial said traf­fic au­thor­i­ties have co­or­di­nated with the Abu Dhabi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and al­ready made the work­ers aware of the new rule.

Po­lice said they have also in­stalled eight traf­fic signs along the route to the Baniyas Bridge warn­ing driv­ers about the ban of work­ers’ buses on the bridge and re­mind­ing them about the use of al­ter­na­tive roads.

The traf­fic au­thor­i­ties have beefed up mea­sure to en­sure road safety across the coun­try.

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