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RTA considers reducing speed limit on two major Dubai roads



The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police are considering road safety improvements, including the possibility of reducing the speed limit on Emirates Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road from 120kmph to 110kmph.

The director of traffic investigation at Al Rashidiya Police Station, Lt Col Omar Ashour, told The National that Emirates Road was selected because it is one of the five most dangerous roads in the city with half of motor vehicle related deaths happening on the 140.5km long motorway.

Speaking on the RTA’s cooperation with Dubai Police, HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority stated that: “The RTA and Dubai Police are mega government entities in the Government of Dubai and share a portfolio of roles and responsibilities that serve the strategic objectives and goals of the Dubai Government highlighted by secure, safe and smooth transport that adds to people happiness.”

He added that the regular coordinative meetings held between the two bodies offer an important communication channel for discussing new developments especially those relating to enhanced safety of roads and mass transit means for the benefit of citizens and residents of Dubai.

This is just one of the improvements that is being considered.

In another effort to increase safety, last week the UAE Federal Traffic Council announced a new fine for people who don’t buckle up.

The law will see drivers fined AED400 for each passenger not wearing a seatbelt, and will be enforced even if the driver is buckled up.

The fine will come into effect in July this year.

General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, head of the UAE Federal Traffic Council, told Gulf News: “The fine is Dh400 for each passenger not wearing a seatbelt, so if the driver is wearing a seatbelt and other three passengers are not wearing it, then he needs to pay AED1,200 in total for the three passengers, with four traffic points. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that passengers are using the seatbelt.”

He added that new rule will also prohibit children from sitting in the front passenger seat. “Children under 10 and every person who his less than 145 cm in height will be banned from sitting on the passenger front seat. Officers can fine the driver AED400. If the person is taller than 145 cm, then he needs to show any document showing his height or he can complain against the fine with the traffic department,” he said.

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