“It is shocking to see that while such advancements in technology and architecture have been made here, people have failed to provide the one thing that is vital for any country to survive – the safety of its young population,” said Anita Singh, a mother of a two-year-old boy.
Do you think taxis in Dubai are “child friendly”?
Well it is said that, taxis in Dubai are simply not child friendly, is the general consensus amongst several residents in the emirate, with not a single cab company driving nearly 7,000-odd taxis on the roads providing vehicles equipped with infant car seats.
Peyman Parham Younus, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for the RTA, said: “The RTA is launching a safety initiative before the year-end, which will address such issues. It is still too early for us to reveal the plans.”
The revelation comes at a time when last week’s report by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) indicates that traffic accidents are the leading cause of infant mortality in the UAE and account for 63 per cent of all child deaths.
In other news, last week, DHA signed an agreement with General Motors to support Dubai’s Child Injury Prevention Strategy. Chevrolet is working with the government body to train maternity nurses in child car safety at Al Wasl Hospital and donate 500 premium child car seats to parents of newborn babies.