Dubai bus crash: Barrier installed in wrong spot, says lawyer


khaleejtimes, 09-07-2019 20:24:39


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Dubai bus crash: Barrier installed in wrong spot, says lawyer

17 passengers died in the accident during the Eid Al Fitr holidays.

The lawyer of the Omani bus driver -- who caused the crash that left 17 people dead last month -- argued that the height restriction barrier that tore through the vehicle violated GCC guidelines and standards.

Defence lawyer Mohammed Saif Al Tamimi told the traffic prosecution that the barrier was inappropriately installed and did not meet certain requirements.

"The GCC guideline stated that if the road’s speed limit is 60kmph, the distance between a warning signboard and a height restriction barrier should be 60m," Al Tamimi told the court.

At the accident site, however, the distance was just 12 metres, he said.

He also pointed out that according to the standards, the barrier should have been "mobile and made of concrete, not steel".

There were 30 passengers on the tourist bus that travelled from Oman to Dubai on June 6, at the tail end of the Eid Al Fitr holiday. Just a few minutes before it was supposed to reach its stop, the bus rammed into the road height restriction barrier that ripped through the left side of the vehicle. Fifteen passengers died on the spot, and the others were rushed to the hospital. Two more died later, raising the total death toll to 17.

Dubai’s traffic prosecution demanded that penalties be imposed on the driver based on the Federal Penal Code and the Traffic Law. These include up to seven years of imprisonment and a fine, on top of the Dh3.4 million blood money that shall be paid to the victims’ families.

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