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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Abu Dhabi bans heavy vehicles and trucks during rush hour

They will be prohibited from entering the city and its suburbs at peak times, with a fine of Dh1,000 plus four black points for those who do not comply

Abu Dhabi roads to be truck free during peak hours from January. Stephen Lock / The National
Abu Dhabi roads to be truck free during peak hours from January. Stephen Lock / The National

Heavy vehicles and trucks are to be banned from entering Abu Dhabi roads during rush hour starting from January.

The decision, made by Abu Dhabi Police in collaboration with the Department of Transport, is part of efforts to provide smooth traffic flow, make roads safer and reduce accidents.

Heavy vehicles and trucks will be prohibited from entering the city and its suburbs between 6.30am and 9am and between 3pm and 6pm, police announced on Wednesday.

“Road signs have been placed on the city’s main roads and suburbs that display the ban timings,” said Lt Col Mohammed Al Shehhi, Abu Dhabi Police's director of traffic engineering and road safety.

Heavy vehicles will be fined Dh1,000 plus four black points for entering prohibited roads or areas.

Lt Col Al Shehhi said the move comes within the directorate’s strategic framework to improve Abu Dhabi's land transport system in order to reduce traffic congestion and accidents on the road, as well as improve road safety.

The plan also includes procedures to set speed limits for heavy vehicles on external roads, prevent overtaking and a ban on driving during low visibility, caused by fog or unstable weather conditions.

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