Pedestrians and drivers are being warned not to use mobile phones or headphones near the new Dubai Tram network.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) issued the safety message via Twitter in an image that also said tram drivers would have the authority to direct passengers, pedestrians and nearby drivers.

“Instructions from tram officials must be followed,” the message says.

The RTA could not be reached for clarification but it is understood tram drivers will have microphones to issue orders to those outside the tram carriages.

Testing of the $800m tram network began in January in the first zone, which includes stations between Al Sufouh and Knowledge Village.

The second stage of testing will be in zone two, between the Palm Jumeirah and Marina Towers, and is scheduled to begin on April 16.

Testing in zone three – connecting Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence – is due to begin on June 14.

Driving rules in relation to the tramway issued in January include fines of between AED10,000 and AED30,000 ($2700-$8100) for drivers who cause a fatal accident with a tram.

The same fines apply for motorists who run a red light at an interchange with the tram network.

The network, which will link the Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Dubai Marina metro stations, is due to open in November…. see more

source: arabianbusiness