RTA puts the brakes on bus driver fatigue with smart road system

The RTA reckoned that physical exertion can result in accidents that may undermine the safety of riders, besides having a direct impact on the operational efficiency of buses in terms of on-time arrivals.

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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed that the trial phase of ‘Al Raqeeb’ System, a smart system to detect exhaustion signals in bus drivers sitting behind the wheel has shown a remarkable drop in such reported cases by as much as 88 per cent in city and inter-city services.

The RTA reckoned that physical exertion can result in accidents that may undermine the safety of riders, besides having a direct impact on the operational efficiency of buses in terms of on-time arrivals.

The system had been adopted in line with the smart city initiative launched by the Government of Dubai.

Adel Shakri, the Director of Transportation Systems, RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said: “The RTA is the first government entity responsible for public transport to adopt this system to monitor the drivers.

“The 88 per cent drop in cases of  exhaustion and fatigue experienced by bus drivers is indicative of the success of the trial phase covering 50 buses in an initial step.”

‘Al Raqeeb’ system involves fitting a sophisticated device in front of the bus driver to monitor any indicators of fatigue, tiredness or illness suffered by the driver. More info

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