The Roads and Transport Authority has started theoretical and practical training on driving articulated heavy trucks skills as part of its efforts to reduce trailer-related accidents.

“By the end of this year, the practical training will start with a five-hour training on manoeuvres, which will be generalized to relevant driving institutes,” said Aref Al Malik, director of drivers training and qualification at RTA’s licencing agency

The manoeuvres include ensuring firm coupling of trailer and truck, parking the trailer in designated places especially reverse parking skills, and driving an eight-ton articulated trailers on highways among other relevant manoeuvres that ensure high degree of vigilance and attention while driving.

“This initiative reflects RTA’s endeavours to ensure the safety of road users, be it trailer drivers or pedestrians as driving such articulated trailers requires special skill to safeguard against any road traffic accidents,” Al Malik underlined

“Phase I of this initiative began with intensifying theoretical training which required adding one training hour to raise the awareness about driving such vehicles,” he added.

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