Emad Eddin Khalil, Staff Reporter
Abu Dhabi Police announced a ban on trucks, heavy vehicles, and buses on the internal and external roads of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during fog until the visibility cleared.
The Police explained that this measure contributes to enhancing traffic safety in order to preserve public safety in line with the strategic priority to make roads safer.
The police also stated that it would slap the violating buses and trucks moving on the roads during the fog time with a fine of Dhs500 and 4 traffic points according to the article No.104 of Decree No. 178 of 2017 regarding driving in times of fog in violation of the instructions of the concerned authority.
The police said that 403 heavy vehicles, trucks, and buses did not comply with ban on heavy vehicles during foggy hours.
They were fined Dhs500 with 4 black points.
Intermittent fog blanketed separate areas of the UAE on Tuesday morning and lasted for 11 hours.
It started at 11pm on Monday, and continued until 10am on Tuesday, due to high surface air depression, accompanied by a high air extension in the upper layers of the atmosphere.
Abu Dhabi Police activated the system of reducing speeds to 80km/h on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid and Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid (Abu Dhabi - Dubai), Sheikh Khalifa International Street (Mafraq - Al Ghuwaifat), Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed (Yas - Saadiyat), on the Trucks Road (Al Faya), and on the Abu Dhabi - Al Ain Road (Al Wathba - Al Khatim) for 9 and a hlf hours, starting from 12:30am until 10:00 next day.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced the revision of the violation of not giving way to Emergency, Ambulance, Police and Official Convoy Vehicles stipulated in the Federal Traffic Law to Dhs3,000 and a one-month confiscation of the violating vehicle.
Fog causes low visibility across some internal and external routes in Dubai. Stay focused on the road, reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance, said Dubai Police.
The decision also stated that the value for unlocking impoundment of a vehicle involved in a car race without obtaining a prior permit from the competent authorities is Dhs50,000.
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (Seha), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, successfully treated 17-month-old Emirati baby Afra, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
An African gang of eight members was arrested and prosecuted by the Dubai Public Prosecution on robbery charges. The gang had mugged an Asian bank customer of Dhs190,000 in Dubai.
A 52-year-old European manager was trialed by the Dubai Public Prosecution for demanding a Dhs530,000 bribe from his Dubai company in order to perform work tasks.