x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Abu Dhabi plans road audit

Abu Dhabi Road Safety Audit to form the basis of new road safety guidelines specifically adapted to the emirate.

ABU DHABI // A team of local and international experts plans to examine every road in the emirate, looking for potential causes of accidents, in a comprehensive audit by the Department of Transport. The Abu Dhabi Road Safety Audit would form the basis of new road safety guidelines specifically adapted to the emirate, the state news agency, WAM, reported.

Around 200 checks will be conducted on each section of road between now and the end of the year. The team will assess the quality of signs, crash barriers, road markings, provision for heavy vehicles and other criteria. Each road will be checked twice - in the day and at night. All the factors will then be assessed in terms of their likelihood of contributing towards an accident. "Reducing the number of accidents and their severity on Abu Dhabi's roads is of critical importance to the Government and the people of Abu Dhabi," said Khalid Mohamed Hashim, the executive director of the department's land transport sector. "This DoT road safety audit is a valuable tool in the armoury of accident reduction. It is a quick and proactive approach of identifying potential road safety concerns across the entire emirate, providing ways in which these can be addressed to help save lives."

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