Abu Dhabi government employees told to live in the emirate to ease congestion
All local government employees in Abu Dhabi have been told that they must live in the emirate.
National news agency WAM reported that The Secretariat General of the Executive Council in Abu Dhabi has issued the decision.
It said all employees have a one-year grace period to make the move.
The report added: “The move comes within keenness of the Government of Abu Dhabi to ensure safety of its employees and achieve social stability for them and their families.
"The decision follows in-depth studies on the effects of the distance between place of residence and workplace on employees.
“Driving for a long distance in variable weather conditions was cited among others.”
According to Department of Transport figures, nearly 11,000 vehicles drive into Abu Dhabi every day between 6am and 7am, carrying up to 19,564 people.
The WAM report added: “The decision may contribute to production efficiency as far distance from workplace affects employees because of the exhaustion caused by long driving.”
Last week, 7DAYSinAbuDhabi.com revealed a UAE University report found that five per cent of all serious UAE car accidents are caused by people nodding off at the wheel.
It also found that 80 per cent of those drivers were doing speeds in excess of 100kph when they crashed.
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