The emirates bans the entry of large vehicles weighing more than 65 tons
The government of the United Arab Emirates has published the specifics of recent changes to federal law. This law regulates the weights and dimensions of large vehicles on the country's roadways.
Determine the maximum vehicle weight
The latest modifications, authorized by the UAE Cabinet led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoon, will put the maximum permitted weight of heavy vehicles at 65 tons beginning in 2024.
It also specifies the responsibilities of heavy vehicle operators, whether they own or lease them, as well as the monitoring agencies responsible for ensuring compliance.
The terms of the law apply to heavy vehicles that operate on UAE highways, including vehicles licensed in other countries and permitted to enter the UAE.
Vehicles owned by security forces, the army, police, and civil defense, on the other hand, are excluded from the law. By the end of 2024, 24 smart electronic gates will be built in collaboration with the necessary federal and municipal authorities to measure the weights and dimensions of heavy vehicles.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Environment will work with the competent authorities to develop decisions that establish maximum limitations for gross and axle weight, as well as maximum permitted dimension charts based on vehicle classification and axle count.
It will also include a list of infractions, administrative penalties associated with them, entities responsible for enforcing them, and grievance channels.
"We are committed to improving the infrastructure, transportation, and logistics sectors," stated His Excellency Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, during a news conference. The land transport sector contributes 14 billion dirhams to our economic success." to GDP yearly.
The latest revisions assist the government's efforts to make our infrastructure one of the safest and most technologically advanced in the world, in accordance with the goals of the "We Are the Emirates 2031" vision.
lowering the number of people killed in car accidents
The federal rule governing the weights and dimensions of large vehicles is intended to cut traffic-related deaths by half per 100,000 people. Raising the quality of road safety is a priority for the UAE, as studies show that truck accidents account for 62 percent of all fatalities. Furthermore, the measure will save 200 million dirhams on annual road maintenance and reduce carbon emissions by five billion kilograms by 2032.
According to Hassan Mohammed Al Mansouri, Undersecretary for Infrastructure and Transport Affairs, the Ministry will use cutting-edge technology to monitor compliance with maximum allowable weight and dimensions, and smart gates that detect weight and dimensions will be deployed. Moving vehicle dimensions and axle count are measured with up to 98 percent accuracy using electronic sensors and 3D laser scanners.
"The law is part of our ongoing efforts to improve road safety, as heavy loads reduce trucks' ability to move at a speed commensurate with the movement of vehicles on the road," he added. It also supports our ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the UAE's Net Zero Initiative.