20km/h buffer on speed limits valid in Dubai, say police

Road safety expert urges removal of grace window from safety perspective
By Parag Deulgaonkar
Mon 03 Jul 2017 10:27 AM

The 20 kilometre per hour (km/h) buffer over speed limits is still valid, Dubai Police have confirmed.

The UAE’s new federal traffic law came into effect from July 1, introduced stiffer penalties for over speeding and reckless drivers.

In response to Arabian Business query on whether the 20km/h grace window, the police said: “It is still valid.”

Under the new traffic law, motorists speeding by more than 80 km/h will receive a AED3,000 fine, 23 black points with their vehicle confiscated for 60 days.

Drivers speeding 60 km/h over the speed limit will get a AED2,000 fine, 12 black points and 30 days of vehicle confiscation while those driving not more than 60 km/h over speed limit will be fined AED1,500; 6 black points and 15 days of vehicle confiscation.

However, Thomas Edelmann, founder and managing director, RoadSafetyUAE, called for removal of the grace window from a road safety perspective.

“It would remove a certain uncertainty and it would add clarity, meaning there is no room for interpretation or speculation. Like in other countries, we need a ‘what you see is what you get’ approach,” he added.

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