Apr 21 2020
Deploying 15 buses, 40 taxis to lift patients recovering COVID-19 and contact cases
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has allocated 15 buses and 40 taxis to lift individuals who have recovered from the COVID-19 and contact cases in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority. Those vehicles are designated for the exclusive use of those cases and are not engaged in other RTA’s daily operations. The initiative is part of RTA efforts to support the first line of defence against coronavirus pandemic.
A dedicated field team is tasked to oversee the management of these buses including the provision of all supplies to safeguard against the spread of viruses. RTA has also set a hotline for contacting Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management to lift contacts to specific quarantine areas. Buses will also be used to lift recovering patients to their homes, and transfer passengers from and to the Dubai Airport while fully addressing prevention and safety stipulations.
RTA has taken all measures to ensure the safety of drivers and riders. Buses are being sanitized after each journey and the sanitization team is also operating at pick-up points. Due consideration is given to ensure the physical distancing onboard, and an intensive disinfection process is carried out after the end of the day’s journeys.