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UAE to ban passenger and school minibuses

 

DUBAI – Passenger minibuses will be banned from UAE roads starting on January 2023, according to a new rule by the Federal Traffic Council.

Schools in the UAE will also not be allowed to use minibuses as school buses by September 2021. In 2016, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority enforced ban on minibuses transporting school children.

The Federal Traffic Council has recommended a ban on minibuses since March 2017, and it was only recently approved as concerns escalated about the safety of passengers on minibuses.

An estimated 50,000 minivans operate across the UAE where they are mainly used for passenger transport. In 2013, authorities imposed speed limiters to be installed in minibuses to restrict them to a maximum speed of 100kph.

In Dubai, a number of deadly accidents involving minibuses has spurred calls from experts for a ban on the use of the passenger transport.

In Dubai alone, minibuses were involved in 24 serious accidents that killed seven people last year, according to the Dubai Police.

Forty-nine people were also injured in minibus accidents in 2018, said Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of the Traffic Department of Dubai Police.

In one incident in 20918, three people were killed and eight others injured when a minibus collided with a truck on Emirates Road in Dubai’s border with Sharjah. GAD/Expat Media

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