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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) called on the UAE business community to bid for constructing three integrated rest stops for delivery motorbike drivers in the emirate.
The tender invitation reiterates RTA’s commitment to supporting the government’s drive to broaden the scope of private partnerships that result in knowledge sharing and the exchange of expertise.
The stations would be situated in three vital locations.
The first will be on Sheikh Zayed Road near the Festival Plaza at Jebel Ali Village, the second will be at Port Saeed next to to Al Muraqabat Street 22, and the third will be located at Ras Al Khor Industrial Area 2 close to Al Manama Street.
By launching this vital project, RTA aims to make delivery drivers happier by providing the basic services they need such as maintenance, refuelling, rest areas and restaurants.
At these facilities, RTA will provide educational material about public safety and quality regulation.
The project is in line with RTA’s efforts to regulate and enhance the safety of the delivery business, which posted remarkable growth rates over the past years. The number of delivery service companies in Dubai amounted to 2,891 in December 2022, recording a very healthy growth rate of 48.3% compared to 2021, in addition to more than 36 online delivery companies operating through smart platforms and applications.
RTA chalked out plans to construct permanent as well as temporary rest-stops for drivers to meet the rapid growth of the sector. A host of initiatives were launched to enhance the efficiency and safety of this important business such as issuing professional rider certificates, Delivery Service Excellence Award, and holding workshops to have drivers familiar with the traffic laws for their safety and the safety of other road users besides delivering fine consumer services.
RTA always seeks to build and promote relationships with delivery service providers and address their daily challenges. It is also engaged in joint ventures to upgrade the delivery market, which will ease business practices in Dubai.
The delivery business holds investment prospects capable of stimulating Dubai’s economy and generating benefits that would enable investors to achieve feasible returns on their investments, besides enhancing the leading role of Dubai in this vital market sector.
The award is comprised of two categories. The first category is for Companies and aims to recognise the best two companies in the delivery service as well as the best two companies in delivery service via smart platforms and apps.
The two parties discussed the roadmap and outreach campaigns to step up the traffic safety level of this activity and examined the quality regulation applicable to motorcycles and their drivers.
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