On Sunday, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) collaborated with the Dubai Police General Headquarters to set out new rules for delivery motorbikes in the city.
The new agreement is a result of assemblies to refine the safety standards of the vehicles.
The new specifications will officially take effect on June 6th, 2017
According to WAM, by June this year, the new regulations must be complied with. However, these licensed motorbikes will have a grace period to adapt by at least 6th of March next year.
— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) March 19, 2017
What are some of the new specifications?
1. The size of the rear box of the bike must be 50x50x50 cm maximum
The particular dimensions have to be complied with, the box where delivery packages are placed has to be firm, and its edges rounded shape “to avoid the risk of misbalance,” according to Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency.
2. The delivery box has to have interior lights on all sides
3. No other passenger is allowed with the driver of a delivery motorbike
4. The bike has to have recognisable information written on both sides.
“It also has to be readable from 20 meters away”
Why are these new regulations being implemented?
“According to data revealed by the Traffic Department at Dubai Police, motorbike accidents resulted in 26 fatalities in 2015 and 2016. Riders were involved in 824 traffic offences in 2016, and 786 bikes were seized. Such statistics warranted the development of new standards to mitigate the hazards associated with motorbikes movement on roads.”
Ahmed Bahrozyan (WAM)