Dubai gets lower speed limits

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 by

The Roads and Transport Authority () and are reducing the speed limit on two main arteries in from next month

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From October 15, the speed limit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road will drop from the current 120km/h to 110km/h, it was announced yesterday. The RTA and the Dubai Police have decided to reduce the limit in an effort to curb accidents.

Over the first half of this year there were six fatalities on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, while on Emirates Road 10 fatalities were recorded in the same period.

Major General Saif Al Zaffein, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said that speed is a key contributing or associated factor for at least 60 percent of road fatalities.

“Lowering the speed limit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road is an outcome of extensive studies conducted by the Dubai Police and the RTA for raising the traffic safety levels and associated traffic fatalities. The move is compatible with the Dubai Police strategy aimed at reducing traffic accidents to zero percent,” said Al Zaffein.

Currently the two roads have a capacity of about 12,000 vehicles per hour per direction, of which trucks make up to 12 percent of the traffic on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and 14 percent on Emirates Road.

Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “Controlling the speed limit is one of the most effective measures of reducing traffic accidents.”

Maitha added that a key factor in controlling the new speed limit in Dubai will be through speed cameras, and that accordingly radar tolerance will be set to enforce the new limit which affords drivers a 20km/h grace.

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