New speed limit starts on Sunday
DUBAI – Brace your brake pedals for a lower speed limit on two of Dubai’s expressways.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (E311) and Emirates Road (E611) will now have a speed limit of 110 kilometers per hour (km/h). This would mean, the maximum speed will be at 130 km/h.
Starting on Sunday, October 15, motorists in the country now have to take note that they have to drive slower on the two major roads in the city.
Originally, the two roads had a speed limit of 120 km/h with a maximum speed of 140 km/h. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) decided to lower the speed limit based on the traffic data of the two roads.
“Lowering the speed limits on the Sheikh 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,” RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency CEO, Maitha Mohammad Bin Adai was quoted as saying in a gulfnews.com report.
As per UAE’s federal traffic law, motorists who exceed the speed limit of 30 km/h would be faced with a fine of AED 600, a fine of AED 700 for exceeding over 40 km/h, and a hefty fine of AED 1,000 for driving over 50 km/h of the speed limit.
According to Dubai Police statistics, both highways took 39 lives in 2016 with 60 percent of the accidents associated with speeding. Through this, the authorities decided to revise the speed limits.