Rest areas for truck drivers to be built in Dubai
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a project to build 19 modern rest areas for truck drivers. The initiative aims to improve overall road safety. The zones will reportedly cover a total area of more than 300,000 square metres, which will be able to accommodate more than 1,000 lorries.
The project includes the creation of three integrated truck parking areas: one in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and two in partnership with Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration.
Once operational, the integrated car parks will provide drivers with all the services they need for a comfortable and safe experience. The areas will have petrol stations, motels, service stations, restaurants, administrative buildings, prayer rooms, clinics, pharmacies, exchange offices, laundries and many other services.
The first car park, operated by Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration, will be located on Mohammed bin Rashid Highway, close to the Jebel Ali Free Zone and Al Maktoum International Airport. It will cover an area of 100,000 square metres and have a capacity of up to 200 trucks.
The second ADNOC-operated car park will be located on Emirates Road, close to Al Tai Racecourse. It will cover an area of 76,000 sqm and have a capacity of up to 150 trucks.
The third car park, operated by Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration, will be located at the entrance to Dubai Industrial City. It will cover an area of 51,000 square metres and have a capacity of up to 120 trucks.
RTA and ADNOC will also build 16 truck stops in key areas of Dubai where there is a huge amount of truck traffic on a daily basis. According to RTA CEO Mattar Al Tayer, the construction of such organised areas for drivers makes a huge contribution to improving overall road safety, reducing the number of accidents involving trucks by up to 50%.
Source: The National
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