Dubai: From October 15, a new speed limit will be observed on Dubai’s two main highways, requiring motorists to slow down a notch — or face stiff fines.
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Dubai Police have started installing new signboards on Emirates Road and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed (MBZ) Road, and are reminding motorists that the speed limit will be dropped from 120 kph to 110 kph.
Motorists who wish to avoid getting a speeding ticket must remembering this: a fine will be slapped when you exceed the 130 km/h grace window for the speed limit.
According to the UAE’s federal traffic law, motorists will be slapped with a Dh600 fine for exceeding the speed limit by 30 kph, Dh700 for speeding by 40 kph, and Dh1,000 if they drive 50 kph over the speed limit.
In September, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police announced the decision to reduce the speed limit on busy highways following a spate of accidents over the last two years.
Gulf News earlier reported that RTA officials expect the drop in speed limit to ensure greater safety on the roads and to help curb traffic violations.
“Lowering the speed limits on the Shaikh Mohammad 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.
“It resulted in addressing several traffic safety requirements such as pedestrian bridges, safety rails, and truck lay-by areas,” said Maitha Mohammad Bin Adai, chief executive officer of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.
Statistics provided by Dubai Police have also shown that both highways claimed 39 lives each from the beginning of 2016, forcing authorities to revise the speed limits as at least 60 per cent of the accidents are associated with speeding.