The final verdict has been handed down to the bus driver involved in the tragic accident which took the lives of 17 people on June 6.
A sentence of seven years has been passed down along with an order to pay AED3.4 million to the families of the victims.
The 53-year-old Omani bus driver who was driving the bus at the time from Muscat to Dubai admitted to causing the accident, where it’s reported he was driving double the speed limit, however during the case his lawyers argued that the height of the barrier violated GCC road restrictions.
The driver will need to pay AED200,000 to families of each of the victims along with a fine of AED50,000, according to The National.
The prosecution’s lawyer had stated that the sun affected the driver’s vision
According to local sources, Al Tamimi argued that the vision of the driver was impaired by the bright sun at the time of the accident and he missed the warning signs indicating the metal barrier ahead. The defense team also denied claims made on the driver for driving above the speed limit by 54kph – stating that there wasn’t enough evidence to support the allegation.
The driver will be deported following his prison term.