UAE considers on-highway weight restrictions

A maximum weight for trucks operating in the UAE is under discussion

On-highway weight restrictions are being discussed in a bid to minimise the number of truck-related accidents in the UAE.
On-highway weight restrictions are being discussed in a bid to minimise the number of truck-related accidents in the UAE.

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A subcommittee of the UAE’s Federal Traffic Council is considering legislation to curb excess weight in on-highway trucks.

The body is currently meeting to discuss a regulatory framework to monitor the weight carried by trucks operating on the country’s roads, according to Emirates 24/7. The law is being considered to promote safety, protect infrastructure, and prevent traffic disruption, according to authorities.

“When a truck is loaded with a weight too huge, it can damage the road infrastructure,” said Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, head of Federal Traffic Council.

“Furthermore, when an overloaded truck is involved in an accident, it can become complete chaos,” he added.

Although there are Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) guidelines surrounding vehicle weights, some fleet owners operating in the Emirates continue to load trucks beyond the recommended limits set out by manufacturers. Fresh legislation will enable authorities to curb this trend, according to Sultan Al Kutbi, director of monitoring and enforcement at the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Licensing Agency.

“When a law regulating weight is in place, this will be one of the aspects we will be monitoring,” he explained.

As part legislative efforts, truck and bus operators could be required to install smart devices across their fleets. The telematics systems would report any contraventions directly to RTA’s Licensing Agency, thus minimising the number of overloaded heavy vehicles on the UAE’s highways.

 

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