100% Emiratization Rate of Traffic Officers on Sharjah Roads His Excellency Eng. Yousef Khamis Al-Othmani: Launching new vehicles for the tolls patrols to control the movement of trucks and reduce traffic accidents in the Emirate

The Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) has launched a number of vehicles with its new logo as a first stage in its plan to work within the toll gates management vehicles.

SRTA has completed the installation process of the new logo for the management of toll gates on all new vehicles, indicating its official approval by the competent authorities, so that these vehicles will be launched in a new shape across the cities and regions of the Emirate.

This comes within the framework of the SRTA's keenness to control the movement of trucks and ensure its full compliance with the traffic requirements and instructions in all Sharjah streets and roads.

SRTA valued the distinguished strategic partnership and mutual coordination with the Sharjah Police Headquarters, particularly with regard to determining truck traffic times and prohibition times, in order to ensure the highest levels of traffic flow, provide safety for street and road users, and reduce accidents of innocent victims.

SRTA stated that the new vehicles constitute an important and qualitative addition, as it will play a significant role in facilitating the work of traffic officers and reducing traffic violations committed by these trucks by driving on roads not designated for such purpose.

Stressing the need for trucks to abide by the instructions and laws regulating traffic in Sharjah with a view to avoid financial fines and other penalties that may lead to the seizure of the truck.

In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, aimed at attracting young citizens, providing them with suitable jobs and helping them to effectively participate in the development process led by the Government of Sharjah, enabling them to build stable families, SRTA confirmed that the Emiratization rate of traffic officers working on such patrols reached 100%.

His Excellency Eng. Youssef Khamis Al-Othmani, Chairman of the Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, member of the Executive Council of the Emirate, praised the great interest and support given by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to the SRTA, which clearly helped it achieving tangible successes and huge leaps in all sectors that it manages, supervises and monitors in the Emirate, praising the diligent follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of all projects of the Authority, and His Highness's keenness to overcome all the obstacles it faces.

SRTA, as part of its plans to keep pace with all the developmental achievements witnessed by the Emirate of Sharjah at various levels, has launched a number of modern vehicles to be operated among the vehicles of the Toll Patrols within the Emirate of Sharjah in order to achieve the highest levels of discipline for the operations of large and small trucks, and to monitor any violations committed by such trucks regarding the routes established for them in all the roads of the cities and regions of the Emirate; His Excellency Eng. Yousef Al-Othmani said in a statement on the margin of the launch of the vehicles with their new logo. He also explained that, in accordance with the amendment issued by the Executive Council Resolution No. (2) of 2021 to Resolution No. (12) of 2019 on the tolls of trucks in the Emirate of Sharjah, SRTA undertakes the inspection of all trucks of all kinds in all cities and regions of the Emirate , in addition to issuing the violations against those who do not comply with the instructions and laws regulating the work of trucks in this aspect, which may lead to imposing a fine up to 50 thousand dirhams and the seizure of the truck.

His Excellency, SRTA’s Chairman, explained that the toll patrols will perform pivotal tasks in achieving more discipline for violators of truck drivers, in order to facilitate traffic movement in the streets and roads, reduce horrific traffic accidents and protect people, especially in residential neighborhoods from noise and disturbance caused by these trucks, this comes within the framework of mutual coordination between SRTA and the Sharjah Police Headquarters.

His Excellency Engineer Youssef Al-Othmani stated that all the officers working on such patrols are from our young citizens who have been well trained and qualified appropriately in accordance with the approved training programs appropriate to the nature of their work, with the aim of enabling them to carry out their job duties to the fullest. He affirmed SRTA's keenness to attract young citizens in all the various departments of the SRTA and help them catch up with the career work to serve their community and country.

On his part, Mohammed Ali Al Zaabi, Director of the Tolls, assigned at SRTA, explained that the first stage has been completed by launching the new vehicles and being operated in the field service with their updated logo, as a part of the toll vehicles of SRTA. Pointing out that these patrols do not cover the central region only, but all cities and regions of Sharjah, following the issuance of the Emirate's Executive Council Resolution No. (2) of 2021 to expand the scope of SRTA's work in monitoring truck traffic throughout the Emirate.

He said that SRTA, in cooperation with the Traffic Department of the Sharjah Police Headquarters, has set the times for trucks, whether large or small, to pass on all the roads of the Emirate, in order to ensure the achievement of traffic flow in the streets, reduce the rate of fatal traffic accidents resulting from the same, and not to disturb residents in residential neighborhoods. Pointing out that SRTA has set up mobile checkpoints in all parts of the Emirate of Sharjah to closely monitor the extent to which truck drivers comply with the instructions stipulated in this regard by passing or preventing and detecting and issuing immediate violations against those who do not abide by the prescribed laws.

Al Zaabi reiterated the importance of securing the safety of road users from the dangers of violating trucks passing through such roads, with a package of deterrent penalties and fines for truck drivers who did not comply with the SRTA's instructions, praising also the great interest made by the competent authorities in Sharjah Police to achieve traffic safety in all streets and roads throughout the Emirate.

Al-Zaabi indicated the SRTA's keenness to attract citizen cadres, train and qualify them in scientific ways that keep pace with the nature of their work in this field and enhance their practical and functional experiences. He confirmed that the Emiratization rate, particularly in the traffic officers' category, reached 100%; which confirms the success of the national competencies to work in various functional conditions and environments.

On his part, Adel Salem Al Balushi, Head of Truck Movement Control Department, said that the process of issuing permits for the passage of trucks on the roads and streets designated for them is carried out according to the time period required by the drivers of these trucks and after finalizing all the required papers and documents.

With regard to violations, the Emirate’s Executive Council has set violations for using unauthorized traffic areas by trucks, where the fine in the first time reaches AED 5,000, in the second time is AED 10,000, and in the third time, the value of the violation is up to AED 50,000 , in addition to the seizure of the truck, Al Balushi explained.

He warned truck drivers from not complying with the instructions, for trucks passing through the streets and roads designated for them, stressing that SRTA will not tolerate imposing deterrent penalties against violators.