The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) yesterday (Wednesday, March 15, 2006), rewarded 60 public transport drivers for their excellence in service. The objective of this reward was to encourage drivers to strive for all round performance with an emphasis on minimising ‘accidents’, ‘customer complaints’ and other unforeseen incidents or damage to property.
A committee of eight representatives from various departments in the RTA comprising the Operations Unit, Traffic Unit and Training Unit was appointed by the management to view relevant records of the drivers and nominate sixty members accordingly. The performance of the drivers was assessed for the period July 1st, 2005 to January 31st, 2006.
Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority said, “These rewards were introduced to acknowledge the performance and dedication of Dubai’s public transport drivers, so as to motivate them to continue with their good work. Our public transport drivers have been exemplary with their driving and conduct, and the RTA is pleased to launch this award for the drivers. We are also pleased to announce the ‘Best Driver’ reward tonight.”
“The RTA will continue with its series of activities to educate and encourage the public about safe driving, with our overriding objective of reducing traffic congestion and minimising road accidents in Dubai,” he added.
The drivers eligible for the rewards included all those appointed before 1st January 2005; drivers that were not defaulters due to their own fault or any fault due to 3rd party; those not reported for irregularities by passengers and by internal staff; drivers who did not remain on garage spare duties for two weeks or more.
Other eligible conditions included those who were not apprehended by Traffic Police for any violations; drivers punctual for training activities, and finally those who did not receive the awards during the year 2004.
The eight member committee chosen for nomination of the eligible public transport drivers comprised of Bader Ibrahim Oghan, Mansoor Hareb Khamis and Saeed Madani from the Operations Unit, Sanad Hamad and Salim Abdul Rehman from the Traffic Unit, and Francis D’Souza, Ali Fikri and Chafiq Jelal from the Training Unit.
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