Plans for road inspection by drones and paperless license transactions
His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), endorsed a package of smart initiatives for improving and sustaining RTA’s services.
Initiatives unveiled relate mainly to road and bridge maintainance using drones and improve driver-learning and vehicle licensing services using digital technologies.
Al Tayer held two separate meetings with CEOs and Directors of Traffic and Roads Agency and the Licensing Agency of RTA.
The first meeting reviewed an initiative for the deployment of drones in monitoring maintenance worksof pedestrian bridges crossing over the Dubai Water Canal and other elevated structures.
Drone inspections cut time and cost of assessing construction elements, and enables the inspection of hard-to-reach areas of installations, such as suspension cables, and bridge bearing.
In a meeting with the Directors of Licensing Agency, Al Tayer reviewed the performance indicators of the Agency over the first five months of 2020.
It was reported that the number of active driving licenses in Dubai amounted to 2.5 million driver licenses, and the number of registered vehicles clocked 1.83 million vehicles.
Al Tayer viewed a presentation about the driver-testing vehicle deployed as part of the smart route system; a futuristic project based on the use of information telecommunication technology (ITT) in vehicles.
Al Tayer was briefed about the system for booking dates for vehicle licensing and testing through Dubai Drive app.
The project will reduce the average number of visits to drivers licensing centres from 14 to zero visit, cut the carbon footprint from 18,000 tonnes to zero, and increase the number of service delivery channels from three to six channels.
It also supports the paperless government strategy by saving the printing of four million papers.