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02 October 2023

Casual Dubai truck parking: Call to report

By Staff

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai in its capacity as a regulatory authority, has set out procedures and controls for curbing parking of light and heavy vehicles, including trailers, on road shoulder or right-of-way.

The practice is hazardous to traffic movement, undermines safety of road users and distorts overall appearance of the city. These regulations aim at ensuring that these vehicles are parked in their designated places.

Public can interact with RTA regarding this via 8009090.

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “RTA is keen on realizing its vision and strategy of safe and smooth mobility, which involves figuring out radical solutions for snarls experienced in vital roads. Last year, RTA issued 277 tickets to offenders, locked wheels of 141 vehicles, and impounded 190 others.

“This phenomenon is quite rampant in industrial areas. Many companies illegally utilise lands and open areas to park their vehicles, whereas they are committed to provide designated parking spaces for those vehicles,” noted bin Udai.

Pursuant to the provisions of Order 4/2009 governing the Right-Of-Way in Dubai and its Executive Regulation, Article 10 of the same states: “It is prohibited to park vehicles within the right-of-way in a way that constitutes a risk to the traffic safety. The Agency is entitled to take appropriate procedures for removing offending vehicles and claiming removal expenses from the offender. The assessment of fees by the Agency in this regard is considered final and binding.”

“As the authority is keen on taking an active role with public and community in working out possible solutions to ensure flow of business without impacting traffic safety, it has issued special permits for companies in order to maintain the public interest of those companies and at the same time streamline the parking of vehicles for loading and offloading. Our objective is to align such processes with the international traffic safety standards adopted by RTA, maintain the safety of road users, and safeguard the gorgeous appearance of the Dubai Emirate,” she added.

RTA has so far constructed six resting stops for trucks, and more are being constructed along Emirates Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai-Hatta Road, and Rash Al Khor Road. The purpose of constructing these rest stops is to avoid unauthorized parking on road shoulders as it has the potential of triggering serious traffic accidents.