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Dubai to cut speed limit on two major roads

It comes as an attempt to reduce road accidents and improve road safety
Team shortlist14 Sep 2017 AT 09:03 AM
Emirates Road
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Emirates Road
Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Road
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Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Road

Attention all road users, The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has just announced that it will be cutting the speed limit on two major roads in the city.

From Sunday, October 15, the new speed limit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road will be 110 kilometres per hour as opposed to 120km/hr.

The decision comes as an attempt to cut down the amount of accidents on the roads and to improve road safety.

Speaking on the news, the CEO of Dubai’s Traffic and Roads Agency Maitha bin Adai said: “Lowering the speed limits on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Emirates Roads is a result of elaborate traffic safety studies and analyses of traffic accident data along with their causes over the past years.”

She added: “It resulted in addressing several traffic safety requirements such as pedestrian bridges, safety rails, and truck lay-by areas which contributed to realising RTA’s vision.

“The decision is mainly intended to curb traffic accidents resulting from over speeding, especially as the two roads witness huge volumes of heavy vehicles traffic in both directions. Controlling the speed limits is one of the most effective measures of reducing traffic accidents."

The reduced speed limit is just one of the many road safety initiatives set up by the Dubai Government in recent months.

Just last month, the Dubai government painted three large smiling emojis on Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Road.

Image of the three smileys on Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Road

The smileys are accompanied by the phrase “Drive safely” which has been translated in Arabic, English and Urdu.

Aside from raising awareness about road safety, the project, commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, aims to spread happiness among road users. It also aims to encourage road users to call 80088889 should they spot any road damage that requires emergency maintenance.

In July, the UAE’s Ministry of Interior introduced decree no. 178. Under the new law, any drivers caught without number plates will face an AED3,000 fine, 23 black points and will have their cars confiscated for 90 days.

Those caught driving noisy vehicles (cars that have had the sound of their exhaust and engine enhanced and those caught blasting music) face a fine of up to AED2,000 and will have six black points added to their license.

Drivers caught without seatbelts will be penalised with a fine of AED400 and four black points. The driver will be fined the same amount for each passenger caught without a seatbelt.

Other changes include higher penalties for speeding.

Drivers caught exceeding the maximum speed limit by 80kmph will be slapped with AED3,000 fine, 23 black points and will have their car confiscated for 60 days.

Drivers caught exceeding the maximum speed limit by 60kmph will be given AED2,000 fine, 12 black points and will have their car impounded for 30 days.

Drivers who exceed the speed limit by less than 60kmphr will face a fine of AED1,500 and will receive six black points and will have their car impounded for 15 days.

People caught driving above the speed limit by 50, 40, 30 and 20kmph will receive a cash fine of AED1000, AED700, AED600 and AED300 respectively. 

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