The Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently started issuing professional permits to drivers of heavy buses. The step aims to streamline this sector further as it plays a crucial role passengers transport activities across the Emirate.
“As part of its efforts to apply the Ministerial Resolution No (776/2009), the RTA has recently embarked on issuing professional permit cards to heavy bus drivers in Dubai. Buses are classified as Heavy if they are fitted with 26 seats or more,” said Abdullah Al Meer, Director of Drivers Affairs, Public Transport Agency, RTA. “All drivers of buses that fall under this category would sit for an awareness program and undergo medical fitness tests at hospitals and medical centres approved by the RTA and the Dubai Health Authority before issuing them with professional driver permits.
“The purpose of such tests,” added Al Meer, “is to ensure that those drivers are fit to drive buses safely, which is part of efforts to reduce crashes caused by the possible onset of some ailments or medical issues to drivers. Such conditions pose a risk to road users and warrants taking precautionary measures to step up the traffic safety level.
“The RTA always seeks to develop its service packages to bring happiness to people and maximise their safety and convenience. Such values stem from RTA’s vision prompting the provision of Safe & Smooth Transport for All,” noted the Director of Drivers Affairs, Public Transport Agency.