Kipp applauds that traffic reduction remains a priority for RTA but we’d like to give them a piece of our mind.
April 15, 2011 7:57 by kippreport
Emirates 24|7 has written about a proposed ban on people in certain professions in Dubai from driving. And this last report has got Kipp brimming with questions about how they came up with this plan.
Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younis, CEO of the RTA’s Strategy and Corporate Governance told the Emirates 24|7 that ‘low-paid occupations’ that do not badly need to drive, such as domestic and farm workers are proposed to be exempted from owning a car.
“Such suggestions are to slow down the 17 per cent increase in the number of registered vehicles annually. The number of registered vehicles in 2010 was 1,031,961 vehicles” added the RTA chief.
How does one decide if a person or specific occupation does not ‘badly need to drive’?
Does the reality that car owners also use their vehicles during the weekend and after office hours escape the authorities? Owning a car gives a certain sense of independence and freedom to a person—low-paid or not. And if this plan goes in place, it is akin to robbing people of a certain pay grade the little luxury one gets from the convenience of owning their own set of wheels.
If it is all about car numbers on the roads, Kipp would like to volunteer this idea: how about limiting the number of cars a household can own to just one or two? Kipp knows a few households around town who excessively own more than four cars.
Also, there are already regulations around the world in place that are not only effective but keep the underdog-kicking to a minimum. Odd-Even plate number scheduling is one and colour-coding is another.
This move, of course, is still under consideration. Kipp is hoping that it doesn’t get any further than that. Here’s hoping Dubai chooses not to down the same route as Sharjah and continue to grant everyone (low or high income) the right to own and drive a car.