From Sunday, drivers will no longer be able to drive at 140kph on Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road.
Speed limits on the two main roads are being cut from 120kph to 110kph from Sunday, 15th October. So that means speed cameras on the highways will flash if drivers hit 131kph, instead of 141kph.
Dubai Police and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that they had decided to reclassify the major routes back in September, as part of discussions between the two as to how to cut traffic accidents.
Since then new signboards have gone up on the two highways too, so there’s really no excuse for forgetting – after all, it’s for our safety.
“Lowering the speed limits on the Sheikh Mohamed 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,” said Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at the RTA.
The Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road or E311 runs from Abu Dhabi to RAK, while the E611, which was renamed Emirates Road in 2013, links Abu Dhabi with the Northern Emirates. Between them they carry 12,000 vehicles each hour per direction, with trucks accounting for 14 per cent and six per cent of all traffic on the two roads respectively.