Dubai,United Arab Emirates, 21 March 2018, (AETOSWire):On 15th March 2018, the ‘first-ever’ UAE Truck Trailer Safety Conference took place in Dubai, organized by WABCO and supported by Dubai Police and RoadSafetyUAE. The speakers included Dubai Police, RTA, WABCO, RoadSafetyUAE, Dubai Driving Center, Gorica, Gotrade, VOLVO and Continental.
Truck accidents are to a big part caused by trailer issues like trailers tipping in curves due to driver errors, trailer tire bursts, faulty trailer braking systems, poorly maintained, old or technically unfit truck trailers. According to data presented at the event by Dubai Police, 73 serious accidents involving trucks were recorded in 2017 (vs. 99 in 2016), resulting in 14 fatalities (vs. 36 in 2016) and 109 injuries (vs. 187 in 2016). While the 2017 trends are very positive, truck and truck trailer safety remain an area of focus.
Sherif El-Sheikh, WABCO Regional Leader - Middle East and Africa states: “As a leading global technology company, WABCO is committed to advanced vehicle and driver safety to reduce the number of accidents involving commercial vehicles. We offer an unrivalled range of technology solutions to improve truck and trailer safety and, by joining RoadSafetyUAE’s platform, we are proud to underline our commitment to helping improve road safety and supporting the important objectives of the ‘UAE Vision 2021’.”
Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE, adds: “We wanted to create a new platform for the important topic of truck trailer safety by launching a multi-stakeholder event. The event was attended by representatives of governmental entities, the media, truck trailer safety related brands, driving schools, fleet operators and other influencers with regards to truck trailer safety. We need to create a common understanding of the burning issues of truck trailer safety and how we can overcome these.”
Mr. El-Sheikh continues: “A great deal of positive progress has been made at the regulatory level. This includes the RTA requirements adding important articulated truck/trailer education to theoretical and practical driving training. Enhanced driver training and a greater general awareness of truck trailer safety are fundamentally important for the industry and, while continuing to meet rising demand for trailer safety solutions, WABCO is committed to playing its part as a pioneering technology leader.”
WABCO recently became the patron of the ‘Truck Trailer Safety’ section on RoadSafetyUAE’s CSR & Activation platform http://www.roadsafetyuae.com/truck-trailer-safety/. The page provides useful and important tips & tricks for drivers and fleet operators with regards to truck trailer safety and can be freely referenced.
RoadSafetyUAE’s vision is to contribute to reducing the number of road traffic fatalities, injuries and accidents in the UAE. RoadSafetyUAE’s mission is to raise the awareness for proper conduct on our roads, in an engaging manner and on a broadly communicated and permanent basis. RoadSafetyUAE’s award-winning platform engages with the stakeholders traffic participants, governmental entities, the media, and more than 30 corporate social responsibility (CSR) minded partners. ‘Tips & Tricks’ are the content backbone, provided for more than 60 topics of road safety, all specifically relevant to the UAE. More information can be found on www.RoadSafetyUAE.com
In addition to WABCO, RoadSafetyUAE partners with RTA, Ministry of Education, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai Health Authority, Michelin, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Nissan, Al-Futtaim Honda, Volvo, Galadari Brothers - Mazda, Al Ghandi Auto, MAN Trucks, EnocAutoPro, Caltex, Careem, dubizzle, Deliveroo, i-Insured, PepsiCo, Johnson&Johnson, MMI, Pernod Ricard, Serco, MiXTelematics, JustKidding, STS, Osram, Safety Media, Arab Wheels and NSG.
WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles. Originating from the Westinghouse Air Brake Company founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough innovations to enable autonomous driving in the commercial vehicle industry. Today, leading truck, bus and trailer brands worldwide rely on WABCO’s differentiating technologies, including advanced driver assistance, braking, steering and stability control systems. Powered by its vision for accident-free driving and greener transportation solutions, WABCO is also at the forefront of advanced fleet management systems that contribute to commercial fleet efficiency. For six consecutive years, Institutional Investor has named WABCO among the “Top 3” in its sector for “Best CEO.” In 2017, WABCO reported sales of $3.3 billion and has nearly 15,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.