Presentation showed that combination of behavioral and tech-nological measures can significantly enhance safety on roads
MAN Truck & Bus Middle East, a leading provider of commercial vehicles and buses, recently took part in a ‘Road Safety for Commercial Driving’ seminar hosted by the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network. This initiative is the latest step in a range of MAN activities that focus on improving road safety. Their drive to share knowledge stems from the company’s drive to support the UAE’s Vision 2021 and help improve road safety across the UAE.
The session, hosted by Hans-Joachim Neumann, Head of Training at MAN, placed a special emphasis on the importance of combining behavioral and technological measures to tackle the issue of accidents involving commer-cial vehicles.
On behalf of MAN, he identified supporting the introduction of road transport governance regulations, education for transport operators / enforcement officers and enforcing mandatory vehicle specification standards for new commercial vehicle deliveries as areas which could have a huge impact on improving road safety standards in the United Arab Emirates, but also in the region as a whole
Neumann highlighted that intelligent safety and driver assistance systems as well as on correct load positioning can have a significant impact on making the roads a safer place. Nonetheless, based on MAN’s research and experi-ence as a full transport solution provider, it has been discovered that the impact of driver education and training is hugely and commonly underesti-mated, as attendees to the seminar learned.
However, through MAN’s ProfiDrive program, it is guaranteed that the func-tions of the vehicle are fully and correctly utilized; driver behaviour and productivity is improved; safety increases; fuel consumption reduces; and engine idle time and usage of breaks are decreased. It became evident that education is an integral part of road safety.
“We are pleased to be able to present to the members of the Dubai Cham-ber of Commerce,” said Mr. Franz von Redwitz, Managing Director, MAN Truck & Bus Middle East FZE. “It is crucial to regularly conduct trainings and seminars as vehicle technologies are constantly changing and developing and professional drivers need to be able to adapt in order to ensure safe roads for all.”