Al Million Taxi, in association with the General Directorate of Traffic under the Ministry of Interior (MoI), has launched a traffic safety awareness campaign under the title ‘Zero Accident, Zero Violation’.
As part of the campaign’s first phase, a safety training session on common traffic mistakes was held for around 275 new drivers from Nepal, Sri Lanka and Kenya. The four-hour training session covered various important subjects that would help the drivers be more vigilant on roads, according to a press statement from the MoI.
Inaugurating the campaign, traffic awareness officer from the Traffic Awareness and Media Department under the General Directorate of Traffic, Lt Abdul Wahid Ghareeb al-Anzi, said traffic safety was not the responsibility of the Traffic Department alone, but a joint responsibility of the department and the public – whether they are motorists, passengers or pedestrians.
The Traffic Department is exerting “maximum efforts” to make the roads safer and the public has to co-operate and support the activities, efforts and initiatives of the department for “ensuring safety on our roads”, he stressed.
Lt al-Anzi urged the session’s participants to share the information they received during the training with other drivers of the company and advised to derive maximum benefit from the session.
The training covered subjects such as minor accidents, how to stop a vehicle if a tyre bursts while driving, risks of running a red signal, importance of wearing a seat belt, adherence to a safe speed when approaching a roundabout or signal, weight of a passenger during collision accidents and fine and punishment for overtaking from the right or driving the vehicle on the hard shoulder.
Sensors at traffic signals, risks of driving vehicles in the fast track, fine for driving heavy vehicles in the fast or middle track, driving techniques beside heavy vehicles, remaining cautious for others’ mistakes, importance of following the stipulated speed limit and maintaining space between two vehicles, different types of radars and cameras, tailgating, dangers of using the mobile phone while driving and yellow box were also covered during the training.
Abdul Kader Mydeen, Al Million Group managing director, said through the campaign, the company aim to minimise the number of traffic accidents as well as violations caused by its drivers to zero within one year from the date of launching the campaign.
He also promised that the company will recognise the drivers who achieve the targets of the initiative.
Traffic investigation officer Lt Mohamed al-Mutawa and officials from Al Million Services Trading and Contracting – including commercial manager Abdul Ajees and assistant general manager (taxi division) Joby Mathew Thomas – also attended the inaugural session of the campaign.
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