Dubai revises truck ban hours on major highway


Authorities in Dubai have updated the timings for the movement of trucks on a major section of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

The changes will apply to the stretch extending from Ras Al Khor Road to Sharjah in both directions during peak traffic hours, from April 28.

As per the revised schedule, trucks are restricted from using this section of the highway from 6:30 am to 8:30 am, and also from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

"The decision to alter truck traffic timings on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road during peak hours was made in coordination with Dubai Police General HQ, following recent in-depth studies indicating the critical need for such adjustments," said Hussein Al Banna, CEO of the RTA's Traffic and Roads Agency.

"This measure is set to enhance the smoothness of traffic flow on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, ensuring a more even distribution of truck movements across alternative routes during peak times. This strategic redistribution is anticipated to decrease traffic congestion on the road by up to 15% during these periods," he added.

Al Banna urged truck drivers, as well as transport and shipping companies to comply with the new regulations and either use alternative routes such as Emirates Road during restricted times or the designated truck rest areas spread across Dubai.

Truck Rest Areas

In mid-2023, the RTA launched a plan to develop truck rest areas in collaboration with the private sector.

This involves the construction and enhancement of 19 rest stops situated along key roads across Dubai, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Emirates Road, Dubai-Hatta Road and Dubai-Al Ain Road.

These rest areas cover more than 300,000 square metres of area and can accommodate around 1,000 trucks and heavy vehicles.

The first phase of the development, featuring 15 rest areas, is scheduled to become operational in August 2024.

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