The Ministry of Interior called upon owners and drivers of foreign trucks and trailers, to observe and get acquainted with the Saudi technical regulations pertaining to protective devices in foreign trucks and trailers crossing to or travelling to Saudi Arabia to avoid being prevented from entering the Kingdom.

The ministry had received a letter from the competent Saudi authorities to that effect. The letter stated that trucks and trailers that fail to comply with and violate the technical regulations and standards will not be permitted to enter the country, effective as of April 9 next year.

The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Org. (SASO) released the technical regulations for the underrun protective devices in trucks, bearing the following technical specifications numbers: SASO-GSO 2112:2012 "Motor Vehicle- front under run protective devices in trucks and its testing methods; (SASO-GSO 2113:2012) "Motor Vehicles-Lateral Protection of Truck and Trailer and its testing methods"; and SASO-GSO 2114:2012) "Motor Vehicles Rear underrun protective devices for truck and trailer and its testing methods".

Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, Director General of Traffic Coordination at the Ministry of Interior, pointed out that the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has adopted these specifications as standard specifications for the UAE in 2011. “The UAE has implemented specifications in accordance with the Ministerial decision No. 12 of 2015 on the UAE System for the Control on Trailers and Semitrailers to achieve maximum safety, preserve the lives of drivers and road users and reduce injuries resulting from traffic accidents for vehicles, especially trucks,” he noted.

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