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Violators of heavy vehicle rules to face hefty


fines
Violators of heavy vehicle rules to face hefty fines

Published: December 21, 2005 00:00 By Nissar Hoath, Staff Reporter

Abu Dhabi: Heavy vehicles violating new weight and axle distance regulations in Abu Dhabi
will face fines ranging from Dh500 to Dh10,000, said traffic department officials on Tuesday.

The new regulations have been formulated on the directive of Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif
Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, and will come into force from January 1, said
Colonel Gaith Al Za'abi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Department at Abu Dhabi Police
General Headquarter.

"We have already announced the new specifications several times through the media and
workshops. Companies using heavy vehicles must adopt the new specifications. Those violating
these regulations will face heavy fines from January," Al Za'abi said.

According to traffic department officials, the new specifications have been introduced for safe
and unhindered traffic flow on public roads.

"The new regulations will be strictly enforced from the first of January and various outposts will
be set up to monitor the implementation of rules," he added.

Al Za'abi said those violating the rules will incur heavy fines ranging from Dh500 to Dh10,000,
and repeat offenders will face a month's jail term besides a fine of Dh1,000.
He urged all transportation companies and others concerned to strictly adhere to the regulations
and cooperate with the police to assure free flow of traffic and also maintain the safety standards.

"Anyone who seeks to clarify any points with regard to the allowed weight and axle distance can
contact the traffic department," he said.

Captain Hussain Al Harthy, head of the Road Engineering Section at the department, said patrols
with technicians will be deployed on all roads and highways to stop these vehicles and check
their specifications from January.

"The new specifications have been decided after detailed studies and research. These have been
decided to ensure safe cargo and passenger transportation and guaranteeing free and smooth
traffic flow on public roads," he added.

Total weight of truck or trailer should not exceed 8 tonnes

- Width of any vehicle should not exceed 2.6 metres.

- Maximum height of any vehicle should not exceed 4.7 metres.

- The total length of a bus and a truck should not exceed 12.5 metres.

- Length of a full or half trailer should not exceed 18 metres.

- A combined length of a truck and trailer should not exceed 20 metres.

- Length of a truck-trailer carrying small cars should not exceed 23 metres.

- The total weight of a truck or a trailer should not exceed 45 tonnes.

- The maximum weight on the mono-directed axle with single tyre should not exceed 8 tonnes.

- The maximum weight on the mono-directed axle with two tyres should not exceed 10 tonnes.

- The maximum weight on the single non-directed axle should not exceed 13 tonnes.

- The maximum weight on any non-directed axle should not exceed 6.5 tonnes.

Double axle vehicles

- Vehicles with a distance of 0.9m to 1m are allowed a maximum weight of 14.7 tonnes.

- Vehicles with a distance of 1m to 1.10m are allowed a maximum weight of 16.1 tonnes.

- Vehicles with a distance of 1.10m to 1.20m are allowed a maximum weight of 17.5 tonnes.
- Vehicles with a distance of 1.20m to 1.30m are allowed a maximum weight of 18.9 tonnes.

- Vehicles with a distance of 1.30m to 1.35m are allowed a maximum weight of 20.8 tonnes

- Vehicles with a distance of 1.35m to 2.50m are allowed a maximum weight of 21 tonnes.

- Any vehicle with a distance of 2.5m between the double axle is considered as a single axle.

Three or combined axle vehicles

- Vehicles with distance of 3m or less are allowed a maximum weight of 26 tonnes.

- Vehicles with distance greater than 3m are allowed a maximum weight of 32 tonnes.

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