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Sun 8 Apr 2007 02:37 PM

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'Speed up', Dubai's drivers told

Motorists face fines for driving slower than 60km an hour in bid to reduce congestion.

Dubai's motorists have been issued an order: speed up.

In an elegant move designed to improve the emirate's congestion problems, the local Roads and Transport Authority [RTA] is to impose a minimum speed limit of 60km per hour on several of the emirate's main highways.

Drivers who drive too slowly could be hit with fines, although the penalty amounts have not yet been decided.

The minimum speed limit will apply on roads where the existing speed limit is 100km or more, including Sheikh Zayed Road, Emirates Road and the Dubai-Al Ain Road.

The rule will not apply when the roads are too congested, or when it would be too dangerous to drive faster than 60km an hour.

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