Dubai RTA: Paving the future
Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority (RTA) has, over the last few weeks, come up with various ideas that they are going to implement over the coming months. Some of these ideas seem to be confidential in nature, but Gulf News somehow always gets their hands on official sources.
- The RTA is planning to implement a law that bans cars older than 20 years. By 2010, cars older than 15 years will be banned. It is some contrived attempt to reduce emissions, which no other country has ever implemented, to our knowledge. So by 2010, the rich will cruise in their expensive cars, the middle-class will be relegated to recent-model econoboxes, and the poor will use overcrowded public transport. Classics will only belong to those with wastaa.
- The RTA has just launched hybrid taxis in Dubai to save the environment or something. The vehicles are “fuel-efficient” Chevy Tahoes and Malibus. Keep in mind that, in terms of US governmental tests, a Tahoe Hybrid consumes 11.7 litres of petrol per 100 km, while a normal Camry is rated at 9 litres per 100 km.
- In a bid to reduce traffic, the RTA plans to add two more toll gates (at Maktoum Bridge and Safa Park), due to their self-proclaimed success in reducing traffic at the existing gates. And that is only “phase two” of the plan.
- A whole bunch of semi-rich people bought property in “New Dubai,” thinking they’ll get awesome villas in a quiet residential neighbourhood. The RTA now plans to build an eight-lane highway right through their community.
- The RTA now plans to give probationary licences to new drivers, renewable every year for 3 years, instead of the 10-year licences that everyone over 21 currently gets. Interesting idea, except that it hasn’t had an effect on those under 21 who already come under the existing system.
- The #1 video game of the year, GTA4, has been banned in the UAE. It has nothing to do with the RTA, but I thought I’d throw it in there while I’m ranting.
If I make my real opinions known, I’ll be deported.