By Dhanusha Gokulan www.khaleejtimes.com
Beginning April 1, offenders who are caught driving in the bus and taxi lanes will be fined Dh600, according to Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) officials. The bus and taxi lane on Naif Road is the first lane in Dubai to be monitored by cameras.
Testing for the new initiative called ‘Project Masar’ began in January and since then, there has been a 63 per cent reduction in traffic related congestion on Naif Road.
The smart cameras are designed to spot private vehicles plying on these lanes. The violations will be reported via these cameras, and/or by the Dubai Police patrols.
Officials said that the main purpose of the cameras is to encourage people to use public transport as the primary means of transport. The system would be implemented in the initial phase on the bus and taxi-only lane extending one kilometre on Naif Road, which serves 20 routes and is used by more than 300 RTA public buses per day (2,431 journeys per day).
“Until now, the Dubai Police would manually fine offenders spotted using the lane. Now with the help of the new smart cameras, private vehicle owners’ number plates will be distinguished from public transport vehicles,” said Dr Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency. As of now there are 30 locations across Dubai, which are manually monitored by the Dubai Police. “Depending on the success on Naif Road, cameras will be installed on the other dedicated bus and taxi lanes as well,” added Ali. More info