Posted on October 27, 2016

The General Directorate of Traffic organised a workshop on safety precautions for desert camping at Traffic headquarters' theatre hall on Wednesday. The desert camping season kicks off next month. The workshop was attended by the Director (Media and Awareness) at Traffic department Lt Colonel Mohammed Radi al Hajri.

Lt Colonel Hamad Mohammed al Mohannadi from Community Policing Department, Saad al Kaabi from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), Omar al Awadi from the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS) as well as other official from different concerned departments also took part in the workshop. Omar al Awadi from QS said that all vehicles including trailers and caravans used during the camping must meet the mandatory requirements regarding weights and dimensions. Besides, there are about ten non-mandatory specifications for trailers.

Awadi said the length, width and height of the vehicle should be the same across the country but in case of different specifications, the owners must obtain the approval of the competent department at the General Directorate of Traffic. As per specifications, the width, height and length of a trailer should not exceed 2.60 metres, 4 metres and 8 metres respectively. He added that the most important criterion for the safety of trailers and caravans is the balance while driving and therefore, load should be distributed evenly to avoid accidents. Besides, the back part should not be long and chassis should be safe.

Lt Colonel Hamad Mohammed al Mohannadi from Community Policing Department said they would be organising an awareness campaign in mid-November to reach the largest number of campers. Lt Jaber al Hajri from the Dukhan Security Department said among the main violations committed by campers is driving a vehicle without a licence and riding a motorcycle without safety measures. Saad al Kaabi from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) said that soil erosion during the camping season is a major violation witnessed in Qatar.

source: Qatar Tribune

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