UAE: RTA Campaigns for Safety During Tram Testing

Jan. 23--Littering on the tramway line, crossing the tramway line from undesignated areas, entering a restricted area, interfering with the operation to invite fines.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is campaigning for public safety during the tram testing from January 26, until it finishes on November 10 this year.

RTA, in coordination with the Dubai Police, will enforce fines in the event of an offence. The public is advised to stay alert and stay safe during the tram testing.

Circumstances that call for fines are littering on the tramway line, crossing the tramway line from undesignated areas, entering a restricted area, interfering with the operation of the tramway or taking any action that would compromise the safety of the tram or the infrastructure, crossing the red light at the junction with the tramway and blocking the tramway without permission.

In its brochure 'Let's Talk Safety, Your A-To-Z Guide to Dubai Tram Safety', the RTA is urging everyone, especially those living near the tramway, to be aware of the signs and symbols to look out for. "The journey begins with safety," RTA said.

Among the signs the public is urged to be aware of and to follow strictly are the signs that say 'Tram is under testing. Do not enter or use', 'Tram Right', 'Tram Only', 'Tram Ahead', and 'Tram Left'.

RTA is cautioning the public, including drivers and cyclists, because Dubai Tram is sharing the road with pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists.

"If trams are running through the areas where you walk, you will need to take extra care and keep a look out for these signs," RTA said.

Driving cars alongside the tram is perfectly safe, the RTA said. "But, motorists should not enter a road, lane or route reserved for trams, and should always give way to trams. Tramway at junctions is clearly marked."

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FOR CYCLISTS

Do not cycle on the tracks as wheels may get stuck in the rail gap.

Where trams run along the road, avoid following the rails to make sure they do not lead to a route reserved for the tram.

Be extra careful where a track crosses the road as tram road users have their own traffic signals.

When crossing the tracks, always check your surroundings and consider dismounting and crossing on foot.

FOR DRIVERS

You must not enter a road, lane or route reserved for trams.

Always give way to trams. Be extra careful where a track crosses the road as trams have their own traffic signals and maybe permitted to move when you are not.

You must not stop or park your vehicle where it would get in the way of trams or where it would force other road users to do so.

Look out for pedestrians, especially children, running to catch a tram, getting off a tram or bus or crossing the road.

FOR PEDESTRIANS

Always cross the tracks using a pedestrian crossing and pay extra attention when the tram is approaching.

Always look in both directions before crossing the tracks. Avoid using headphones or mobile phones near the tram.

Tram corridor is fenced to prohibit crossing.

Copyright 2014 - Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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