Dubai Consumer Mirror

Saturday, March 25, 2006

To RTA and Dubai Police

Reports claim that this project will take around 2 years for completion. Knowing the way things move around here, I would say 2.5 to 3 years in real terms.

Now, should we dance in joy because the daily Sharjah-Dubai drive torment is only a few years away from being over? I wouldn't be so happy, not anytime soon at least; cause things are gonna go downhill from day 1 road works commence.

According to the report, the new planned express way will consist of several bridges, tunnels and flyovers. If that means anything, it means that the already over-congested and heavily bottle-necked Al-ittihad road will go through some major alteration. Hence, traffic between Dubai and Sharja in the coming few years will be worse.

So, a few recommendations I wish
RTA and Dubai Police could kindly consider:

1. Reopen the Al Mamzar exit to reduce traffic pressure off Al Ittihad Road.

2. Link Sharjah Cornish to Al Khaleej Road in Dubai - its literally a few meters apart.

3. Introduce a "Light Traffic Patrol" Program: Fresh Police Academy grads on motorbikes and light vehicles, roaming the congested streets and making sure drivers are in their sane state of mind. Their presence alone will not only deter those morons-on-wheels from being ..well.. morons, they will also cover sever shortage of visible police cars during the chaotic rush hours.

4. The LTP will also have cross-emirate jurisdiction. Meaning, they can bounce between Sharjah and Dubai and to spot violations and help fix problems on both sides of emirates accordingly. Revenue of traffic fines will go to the emirate which the violation took place in.

5. Enforce a temporary car-polling regulation where cars with less than 2 people (during morning rush) will be automatically fined using a running mobile video camera or the monitoring police patrols. That should reduce traffic at least by 30 or 40%.

6. Create a Traffic Violation Tolerance Ceiling/threshold on violations committed on Al Ittihad road for repeating offenders during the anticipated road works duration. Any violation committed on that road during the road works period shall be doubled or tripled. Repeating violators shall have their cars confiscated for a minimum of 3 months.

Now I know some of these recommendations could be a bit drastic, but knowing the way people drive here, but the coming few years will be HELL, and everyone knows that desperate times call for desperate measures.


  • it's already going to be a problem if it's going to be completed in 2 years time /:

    They need to start doing pre-emptive strikes.

    By Blogger samuraisam, at March 25, 2006 at 6:10 PM  

  • yeah sam - thats exactly what i meant with all these points - to slightly offset the chaos thats gonna take place after the road works start

    By Blogger moryarti, at March 25, 2006 at 10:46 PM  

  • Do you think that they could ever be this forward thinking?

    Moryarti for Road & Transport Minister!

    Or - hopefully - someone in the RTA will read your blog and steal your ideas!

    By Blogger nzm, at March 26, 2006 at 8:58 AM  

  • My point was more about pre-empting the problem in the first place, i.e. all of the extra lanes and bridges etc should be built already.

    By Blogger samuraisam, at March 26, 2006 at 10:44 AM  

  • Stealing our ideas - oh I wish they would!

    Sadly, though, they don't read us. If they did we wouldn't have had the head of the traffic police a week or so ago being surprised to discover there was a problem on the roads. Aaaarrrrggghhh!!!

    By Blogger Seabee, at March 26, 2006 at 2:50 PM  

  • sorry to sound pessimistic guys...

    but nothings gonna change.

    if anything an already absymal traffic situation will get worse !

    but don't worry too much.. if you're lucky to be a roadstar that should be reward enough :)

    By Blogger hannibal, at March 26, 2006 at 3:15 PM  

  • By the time they finish the roadworks,
    you'll have 1-2 million newly registered vehicles on the roads!!!!!

    By Blogger KL, at March 26, 2006 at 6:41 PM  

  • It doesn't matter how many cops are on the road, everyone knows that they will not stop any drivers. The speed camera article in 7 days a couple of weeks ago said that the police like cameras since they don't argue at the roadside.
    As long as the cops are afraid to stop anyone for fear of their wasta, nothing can change.

    By Blogger Desert_Weasel, at March 26, 2006 at 8:19 PM  

  • I saw something wonderful yesterday !!!

    Driving down SH Zayed road in the evening at 6.30pm, as usual whilst approaching the metroplex interchange a huge bottleneck starts about a kilometer or so away ( passing oasis centre, toyota showrooms etc ). its snail pace traffic.. BUT EVERY DAY YOU HAVE TENS OF CARS mostly with AD licence plates but lately even with DXB licence plates who happily zoom on the hard shoulder whilst we mere mortals stupidly sit and curse them under our breath. yes yes they're the stupid morons but they don't care and are never caught..

    did i say never?? .. YESTERDAY was a DXB police car parked at precisely the turnoff to OASIS Centre and they issued tickets to at least 10 cars.. i almost wanted to scream for joy.. JUSTICE, JUSTICE for all us good reasonable law abiding drivers !!!

    by the way One moron on the hard shoulder saw them and tried to cut in front of me to avoid being caught.. did i allow him to get in or risk being caught and fined?? what do you'll think?:)

    By Blogger hannibal, at March 28, 2006 at 11:23 AM  

  • They need to distinguish between commuter-drivers and "mobile professionals" - people who need to drive during the working day due to the nature of their work.

    This obviously includes actual drivers and delivery people, but also PROs, sales people, execs that travel for meetings, journalists, PR professionals, doctors and medical staff, and so on.

    The people that need to be limited/penalised are those that sit at a desk in an office from 9-5 without going anywhere. They have no need to be mobile during the day: therefore there should be no issue with making them take pooled or public transport.

    I would also give all locals exemptions, regardless of their jobs (there aren't that many of them anyway, by comparison). It's your Sharjah computer programmers and bank clerks and shop workers that are the problem. It's not entirely their fault, but the roads are now gridlocked and the hurt needs to start with them.

    By Blogger secretdubai, at March 31, 2006 at 12:31 AM  

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