The UAE National Transport Authority's Approach to Improving the Safety and Quality of Land Transport Movements of Goods and People Between Emirates and Internationally.
G Burnett, H Murphy, WSP, UK; N bin Taher, National Transport Authority, UAE
The NTA has been developing a series of recommendations on how to improve the quality and safety of long distance land transport movements. This paper summaries the research, recommendations and process for implementation.
The Federal Government in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) aims to improve the safety and quality of land transport movements as well as stimulating increased competition and economic growth within the land transport and logistics market in the UAE. Following the passing of the Federal Law (9) 2011, the National Transport Authority (NTA) has lead a project to develop a detailed study and prepare and present technical recommendations on how to achieve the aims through the regulation and licencing of public transport and freight operators and operations.
The study included the review international best practice and the current situation in the UAE and made recommendations on how the implementation of regulations and standards can be used to achieve these aims. This paper will detail the research completed, the current operating environment in the UAE and GCC, the lessons learnt from a range of international examples studied and the conclusions and recommendations that are due to be presented the UAE Cabinet for approval in late February 2012. These recommendations include the introduction of a Federal licencing system for land transport vehicles as well as the development of a set of more detailed vehicle and operational standards for the carriage of goods and passengers between Emirates and Internationally.
Following Cabinet approval the process of implementing the proposed Federal regulatory regime will begin and the paper will also outline this process along with the key aims and targets, the challenges faced in beginning the process of implementation and the timescales that need to be met for these significant changes to land transport operations in the UAE to have the desired impact.
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