Month: January 2014
No way to report bad driving
Reader says that all buses should have contact details to report bad driving practices.
By Ramesh Menon Gulf News reader
Published: 18:07 January 26, 2014
The effort by the UAE transport authorities to streamline road safety is getting side tracked by some inadvertent measures taken by transport carriers. Or are they intentional?
I am referring to the regulation to display a contact number on the mini and heavy buses carrying passengers. These days, many of them do not have a signboard and some of them display email addresses or switchboard numbers. Both are not effective, in case of an emergency situation, or in order to report road rage noticed on the road.
What was surprising to me was the fact that even school buses did not carry these signboards. In addition, these signs are to be written in lumniscent letters in a sufficiently large size so that they can be read easily during the day or night.
These boards should also be placed on all the government-owned transport vehicles, as they are also seen driving on the hard shoulder at times.
A few days ago, I struggled to find out the details of a speeding bus driver who was continuously flashing the headlights at me and driving at a speed higher than the regulatory speed. On another occasion, I was too shocked to see a big trailer speeding within the city of Abu Dhabi, but there was really no way to find out the company details or contacts for those responsible for it.
We need more awareness on the dangers of heavy vehicles speeding. I humbly request the concerned authorities to ensure these traffic regulations are strictly followed.
The reader is based in Abu Dhabi.
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Start Early, Drive Carefully and Reach Safely. A campaign part of the “Safey First” series to create an awareness on rash driving scene on our roads these days. Share it with your friends and family. Let “Safety First” be your mantra. The campaign is part of a TQM project initiated through my blog www.clicksandwrites.blogspot.com and Passionate Photographers group on Facebook. God Bless.
It’s drivers, not the fog, that caused 57-vehicle crash – Letters to the editor – The National – 19 January 2014
I regularly drive between Abu Dhabi and Dubai and concur with the views expressed about road safety in the UAE (Offences show a fatal disregard for UAE traffic rules, January 7).
To read it in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online
UAE labourers seek shelter from the storm, but not from danger – Letters to the editor The National Dt 13 January 2013
To read it in original, visit THE NATIONAL online
An event organised by the Cultural Wing, Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi.
It was indeed a great evening of music. Apologies for the casual recording quality as I was totally unaware of the abundance of talent I witnessed. It was an experience to not underestimate any artist. Looking forward to their return to Abu Dhabi. Also looking forward to more interesting presentations from the Cultural Wing of Embassy of India Abu Dhabi. Sincere tribute to all our men in white.
Searching for answer
Recently, I met an old friend after a very long time. We talked about the years that have passed by. His children have grown up and are now in college.
I remember those kids when they were very young and carried the same memories of them even now.
However, while speaking to him, I understood that they were no more small kids.
They had their own views and clear-cut conviction of life for them now and ahead. The new technologies like Internet and other online facilities available to enhance knowledge are their aids.
It reminded me of my childhood and the lack of such facilities then. We were dependent on teachers and elders for guidance to choose future paths.
After my friend left, I kept on thinking about which is the right method – the older or the new generation. Haven’t got an answer yet!
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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