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New traffic rule, fine to come into effect today in Abu Dhabi

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A new traffic rule that was announced by the Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Center (ITC) earlier in September will come into effect from October 1, 2020.

Abu Dhabi’s ITC) had announced the Traffic Detour Executive Regulations in the emirate, according to a statement issued by the Abu Dhabi Media Office in September. The decision comes to ensure the highest safety standards on infrastructure projects. Additionally, it added that the new regulations will be applicable in Abu Dhabi from October 1, 2020, followed by Al Ain and Al Dhafra at the beginning of 2021.

Regulations include requirements to obtain traffic permit from ITC before undertaking any construction work that may result in traffic detours or affect road safety. It added that penalties will be issued for:

– Undergoing deep excavation that obstructs the right of the way without offering concrete barriers or not filling plastic barriers with water or sand.

– Parking vehicles working on the project that obstruct the right of the way or traffic safety

– Not avoiding safe pedestrian or cycling paths on the work site

– Not providing a safety official at the work site.

The ITC added that traffic permits can be obtained through the website: www.itc.gove.ae 

Obtaining traffic permit from ITC is required before undertaking any construction work that might result traffic detours. Penalties against non-compliance will be enforced, to ensure public safety and protect public and private facilities and infrastructures.

The violation of the regulation includes not obtaining a permit to implement a temporary entrance/exit for a temporary site or failure to use the permitted entrances/exits, not removing the signs or equipment or waste from the right of way after the work is finished and if no safety official is available in the work site.

Only in case of emergency, construction work is permitted to be executed before issuing the permit as long as ITC was informed prior to the implementation. Additionally, a permit request must be submitted within 24 hours after the implementation. According to the regulations, the concerned entity will bear full responsibility of repairing any damage caused to the roads, service lines, the operational equipment or constructions located in the right of way like road lighting, traffic signs etc.

ITC issued the implementation guidelines of the Traffic Detour Executive Regulations to address all related policies, procedures and required practices that should be followed to ensure the safety of the public during the implementation of construction work.

ITC issues traffic detour permits after obtaining the approvals and no objection letters from concerned entities according to the guidelines and regulations followed in this field in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Failure to follow these requirements is an illegal action and could affect the safety of the public.

ITC started on September 1, 2020, an awareness campaign targeted contractors and consultants to educate them about the regulation along with the related procedures and policies in order to ensure their compliance. As part of the campaign, field visits were conducted to the detour areas to ensure the implementation of construction work according to the approved practices.

Additionally, ITC sends emails about the regulations, date of implementation, violations and requirements to the contractors and consultants. Awareness workshops were conducted as well and were attended by concerned stakeholders. ITC also plans to use different media channels such as social media to educate the public about the regulations.

ITC stated that starting from October 1, 2020, trained inspectors will be deployed to monitor and supervise the implementation of the regulation.

Violations will be reported and the time needed to take correction actions will be determined according to the regulations.