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Abu Dhabi ITC to implement Traffic Detour rules from Oct 1

ABU DHABI, September 25, 2020

The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi has announced that it will start the implementation of the Traffic Detour Executive Regulations in the UAE capital on October 1. 
 
The regulations aim to implement infrastructure projects according to the highest safety standards and practices that will result in the safety of the public. 
 
The first phase of the implementation will be in Abu Dhabi followed by Al Ain City and Al Dhafra Region at the beginning of 2021. 
 
According to ITC, beginning from next month, trained inspectors will be deployed to monitor and supervise the implementation of the regulation. 
 
Violations will be reported and the time needed to take correction actions will be determined according to the regulations, it added.
 
The Executive Regulation organises the construction work in the right of way and the traffic detours that it results in. The regulation addresses the required rules and procedures that must be followed during the execution of construction work along with the related fines and violations, said the statement from ITC.
 
The Executive Regulations enforce penalties against violators and prohibit all construction work in the right of way without firstly obtaining a traffic permit. 
 
This is in order to ensure the safety of the public and avoid damage to public and private facilities or infrastructures. 
 
As per the ITC regulation, the construction work that might endanger the public includes but not limited to: undergoing deep excavation in the right of way without offering concrete barriers or not filling plastic barriers with water or sand, parking vehicles working on the project in the right of way in a way that affects the traffic safety, not offering safe pedestrian or cycling paths in the work site. 
 
The violation of the regulation includes not obtaining a permit to implement a temporary entrance/exit for a temporary site or failure to use the permitted entrances/exits, not removing the signs or equipment or waste from the right of way after the work is finished and if no safety official is available in the work site, it stated.
 
Department of Municipalities and Transport pointed out that only in case of emergency, construction work will be permitted to be executed before issuing the permit as long as ITC is informed prior to the implementation. 
 
Additionally, a permit request must be submitted within 24 hours after the implementation, said the statement. 
 
As per the regulations, the concerned entity will bear full responsibility of repairing any damage caused to the roads, service lines, the operational equipment or constructions located in the right of way like road lighting and traffic signs, it stated. 
 
ITC issued the implementation guidelines of the Traffic Detour Executive Regulations to address all related policies, procedures and required practices that should be followed to ensure the safety of the public during the implementation of construction work, it added.-TradeArabia News Service



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