From the beginning of September this year, the rules for the registration of articulated lorries will be going in for some changes, courtesy the Abu Dhabi police. This move comes amidst efforts to increase the efficiency of the logistics sector while making some developmental advances. From the perspective of public safety, this move by the Abu Dhabi police could reap rich benefits, not to mention the fact that it would boost the competitive appeal of the city.
The new rules now specify that the registration for articulated trucks will come at a cost of Dh 120 while retaining a validity period of one year. The technical test that is part of the registration process for truck owners from other emirates will entail an additional cost of Dh 150. The technical test is for those owners who have registered their vehicles in another emirate, but want to use it in Abu Dhabi.
The Director of the Vehicle Licensing Department at the Central Operations Sector of the Abu Dhabi police, Colonel Saif Al Zaabi, elaborated on certain aspects of the new rules. He said that new trucks hoping to successfully register themselves must not exceed 35 metres in length and 2.9 metres in width, and should also essentially come equipped with anti-lock braking systems (ABS). In addition, he said that the trucks must comply with the strict safety standards and technical specifications set by the Department of Transport (DOT).
Colonel Zaabi also said that the trucks will be issued permits by the Traffic and Patrols Department, which will allow the trucks to use two trailers on routes that have been approved. The DoT website has all the additional information that new owners might be well advised to know, in order to ensure a smooth registration process.