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Worst Drivers in Dubai Jan 30, 2009
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Pakistanis are the most dangerous drivers in Dubai, police data shows

By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter
Published: January 29, 2009, 22:59

Dubai: Pakistanis remained the most dangerous drivers in Dubai for the second consecutive year, while most number of people killed in traffic accidents were Indians, say Dubai Police statistics.

However, Gulf News readers in a poll said Emiratis are the most dangerous drivers.

According to statistics released by Dubai Police, Pakistani drivers were involved in the maximum number of fatal accidents as they were held responsible for causing 95 deaths on Dubai roads in 2008 compared to 83 in 2007.

This was followed by Indians, who caused 63 fatal accidents last year compared to 81 in 2007. Emirati drivers were third, as they committed 42 fatal accidents last year, compared to 57 in 2007.

The number of people killed in road accidents has reduced to 294 last year compared to 332 in 2007.

Some 34 per cent of Gulf News readers responding to a poll question say Emiratis are the most dangerous drivers, 24 per cent say 'nationality does not matter', 17 per cent say Pakistani are most dangerous drivers, 10 per cent say 'Egyptian', nine per cent say 'Indians and one per cent says Omanis are the most dangerous drivers while four per cent say 'all of them'.

Police statistics revealed that Indian expatriates topped the list of people killed in road accidents for the second consecutive year. Some 107 Indians were killed last year compared to 128 in 2007 followed by 56 Pakistanis killed last year compared to 57 in 2007.

Emiratis with 39 deaths in 2007 and 30 in 2008 were in the third position, statistics showed.

A senior traffic police official gave a reason behind Pakistanis being the most dangerous drivers.

"Most of the drivers for buses, trucks, tankers and other commercial vehicles are Pakistani and they are the one involved in most number of fatal accidents."

He added that Indians are involved in most accidents because they are the single-largest nationality in Dubai and consequently hold the most driving licences.

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sage & onion wrote:"Most of the drivers for buses, trucks, tankers and other commercial vehicles are Pakistani and they are the one involved in most number of fatal accidents."

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That makes more sense than the sensationalist headline :)

The problem lies with many commercial drivers, (and the Andrew Blairs) as well. It just happens that Pakistanis make the bulk of commercial crivers, not sure why they are so preferred though...
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Jan 30, 2009
Do Emirais have to take driving tests (Driving test....he said laughingly) ....Serious question???
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in my 10 years of experience in uae roads, arabs generally are the most dangerous drivers though newspapers say something else.
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Private or commercial doesn't matter. The type of vehicle or lorry you drive depends on your profession and that must require significant training for safety. This simply lacks in some countries. So nationalities DO matter.

In Europe for instance, getting a simple driving license will cost you about 1500 euro at the fastest pace showing true driving skills. 'Normal drivers' do it for approx 1500 - 2500 euro's depending on the amount of driving lessons needed. (one lesson of an hour = 75 euro and rising)

If an emirati for instance can get his drivers license for 3 hours driving on UAE roads, that seriously says something about driving quality.

How pakistanis get their license is unknown to me. Considering their reputation of killings on Dubai roads in 2008 I say its rubbish. Put them on Europes requirements for lorry and truck drivers and I'll bet 90 percent fails instantly.

Quality of lessons and situational awareness for safety is the problem. Roads getting more busy by the day. Responsibility is key.
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RobbyG wrote:How pakistanis get their license is unknown to me. Considering their reputation of killings on Dubai roads in 2008 I say its rubbish. Put them on Europes requirements for lorry and truck drivers and I'll bet 90 percent fails instantly.


I think there could be a number of reasons for Pakistani's topping the list.

One could be due to the fact that there is a shortage of truck/lorry drivers and hence they are "given" licenses just to get businesses (like transport) up and running. They are obviously not properly paid which makes them frustrated and we all know what happens when you are frustrated and drive. Plus, as already stated, majority of truck/lorry/bus drivers are pakistani so obviously that's the reason why they top the list. E.g Americans wont top the list because there arent any who drive lorries in Dubai!

Lastly, almost every other day, there is a headline in the news saying that that someone was killed in an accident due to speeding. You tell me how many times it is because it was some Pakistani dude doing it? Mind you, I know many Pakistani people with sports cars!

Im a Pakistani (not a truck driver, just a student) and have driven in Dubai for 3 years without a single accident or even a "close call". I just dont think its fair to generalise by saying "How pakistanis get their license is unknown to me" because all are not like that.

P.S I totally agree that driving training should be massively improved in this country. Its just that saying Pakistanis cant drive etc. makes me feel absurd. (Not just you RobbyG, but many more people)
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Wow, hold it. I never said that pakistani's can't drive!! Where you get that from.
What is said was: How pakistani's get their licences is unknown to me. Meaning, I don't know what the requirements are.

However, I do understand why you thought that. The word 'how' is not appropriate in this context I think. I could have formulated it differently.

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smoggie wrote:Do Emirais have to take driving tests (Driving test....he said laughingly) ....Serious question???


It's just a formality for them, really.
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Their survey is all wrong. pete t is the worse driver in Dubai. ;-)

But seriously, it all needs to be taken in perspective. If there are more Pakistani drivers on the road then they will be responsible for more accidents, it doesn't mean they are the worst drivers though.

They need stats on the accidents in relation to the number of drivers of each country.

But it's all a joke anyway. Until they start patrolling the roads properly it doesn't matter. When you see a guy in a BMW 745 drive past a cop car at 190km/h and the cop does nothing you really have to wonder why they are there at all.
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Jan 31, 2009
And the debate goes on, the question is do you believe the statistics that have been published?
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sage & onion wrote:And the debate goes on, the question is do you believe the statistics that have been published?


Onion! Because you didn't ask us that question earlier on... :idea:

my answer; probably higher numbers than reported.
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RobbyG wrote:
sage & onion wrote:And the debate goes on, the question is do you believe the statistics that have been published?


Onion! Because you didn't ask us that question earlier on... :idea:

my answer; probably higher numbers than reported.


In which sense or way would they be higher in your opinion?
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I'm not fully aware of the measures that the police in Dubai uses to gain statistics, but I think their numbers are not always reported as per standard procedure.

Meaning, not all incidents are reported and the real number of incidents/accidents will be higher as reported. My 2 cents.

ps; Image is everything.
Other example: US government is hiding real inflation numbers by 'manipulating' the calculation method of (core) CPI numbers.
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sage & onion wrote:And the debate goes on, the question is do you believe the statistics that have been published?

in short, i do not believe it.
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The lorry drivers are paid by the amount of deliveries, not by the hour. So they are encouraged to drive faster to make more money.


Yet another typically thoughtless strategy.
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