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Dubai mulls cut to speed limits on major highways

Dubai Police, RTA consider plan to lower limits on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road

Dubai mulls cut to speed limits on major highways

Speed limits on two of Dubai's main highways could be lowered in a bid to reduce the number of accidents, it has been announced.

The plan has been put forward following a meeting between the Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Police, state news agency WAM reported.

The two parties are considering lowering the speed limit from 120km/h to 110km/h and resetting the radar at 131km/h on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road "given the recurrent traffic and run-over accidents on the two roads", WAM said.

Discussions also touched on the management of traffic accidents in Dubai with the aim of reducing the time taken in managing traffic accidents and restoring the traffic movement back to normal as quickly as possible.

Under this project, the RTA said it will provide logistical support needed by the police in managing traffic accidents by opening alternative roads and introducing traffic diversions.

The two parties also discussed safety issues of Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram.

"These regular coordinative meetings offer an important communication channel for discussing new developments especially those relating to enhanced safety of roads and mass transit means for the benefit of citizens and residents of Dubai," said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA.

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Big Bad Dom 3 years ago

Why does Dubai and the U.A.E. invest Billions in 1st World state-of-the-art infrastructure, with high speed intersections, high flow roads to then consider reducing the speed limit to accommodate the sometimes 3rd World standards of driving? Surely this is not the best approach and is effectively conceding to bad driving standards?

RTA may do better investing in Gantry cameras to monitor lane discipline breaches, such as slow trucks in outer lanes, or reckless lane-changing pick-up and drop-offs by pick-ups and Minibuses.

How many drivers in accidents have ONLY driven in the U.A.E.?I am sure there is a high correlation. Why are these drivers with limited experience allowed on high speed multi-lane roads?

Regards traffic management, flow is key, so accidents must be cleared as quickly as possible.

Slowing the traffic down further will not deal with the fundamental problem of bad drivers.

It would probably cost the economy Billions in lost time & productivity als

Brucy bonus 3 years ago

why not just reduce the speed limit to 110kmh and set the radars to 111kmh?
watch the accident rates drop.

Safe Driver 3 years ago

A very good idea but if the limit is 110kph why have the radar at 131kph? What ever happened to the zero tolerance that was previously announced? 10% tolerance to allow for errors in the car speed would set the radar at 121kph.

Steven 3 years ago

@Big Bad Dom -- Finally somebody who writes some sense here! It is not the speed that causes accidents, its the driver! All theses 'do-gooders' who make comments about reducing the limits, well obviously they have nothing to do all day! The worst drivers here by far we all know! If you ask a local Emirati, he knows, if you ask a Pakistani, he knows, although the 'Pathan taxis' are dangerous as you say, swerving to make pick-ups/drop offs, but I thought they were illegal, so just enforce that law and they will disappear. Ask all drivers whom are the worst and we all know, but nothing is done about raising the standards of these timid, inexperienced drivers mostly from one state in one country where motorways do not exist, they have never experience multi-lane highways, and have no idea how to drive on them!

Suresh Parthasarathy 3 years ago

Slow driving on faster lanes (while the slower lanes are free) is a bigger problem than fast driving. If this is addressed, I am sure, at least 2 lanes on the Shk Zayed Road will be free all the time. People drive constantly in one fast lane on the Shk Zayed Road at 60-80 kmph, while the slower lanes are free. Who is wrong - the slow driver who blocks a fast lane unnecessarily, or, the driver who overtakes from the wrong side (slower lane) and clears the road faster, within the speed limit (without rash driving)?

Bottlenecks such as Al Karama, that affect the traffic all the way upto Mall of Emirates, may be addressed by changing to one-way traffic within such areas.

People who do not use indicators in T-junctions cause the traffic to build up, as others wait for these vehicles to cross (which is not necessary if indicators are used).

People change lane closer to a divider, or block a lane to do that, effectively slowing the traffic for people who drive as per the rules.

Jason M 3 years ago

Despite the name, I completely agree with Big Bad Dom.Dropping the speed limit by 10kph will not stop reckless 4x4s tailgating and overtaking on the shoulder at 160kph. Nor will it stop people using their mobile phones, or driving in the second fast lane at 90kph. Driving in the fast lane at 140kph does not cause accidents - dropping the limits to 130kph on a 6 lane world-class freeway will only reduce productivity and create a greater difference in speed between the sensible driver and the those with complete disregard for other drivers.

The speed 'limit' indicates the safe driving speed for most motorists, with the allowance there, to be used sensibly in the fast lanes, for drivers capable of, well, driving.

Mjp. 3 years ago

I agree with Dom. Why do the authorities always concentrate on speed? They need to come down hard on those who erratically change lanes without signaling, tailgaters, people sitting in the outside lanes at 80k, it's education that's needed here but they don't seem to address this. I've driven these roads hundreds of times in my 9 years in this country, I admit I have exceeded the speed limit on many occasions and I am not perfect but I don't make erratic or dangerous manoeuvres, don't tailgate etc and I've never had an accident.

RAK 3 years ago

No, we don't know - would be great if you could enlighten the authorities about the state and country you are talking about

Ed B 3 years ago

Why does the UAE not, like most other countries, apply 3-5% tolerance; radars have very small error tolerances, some even lower than 1%. If a signboard displays 100km/h, you are allowed to drive 120km/h. It just does not make any sense, how can you justify this? It causes confusion, and may even create the assumption that speed limits here are not taken seriously, not even by the authorities.

Ricardo 3 years ago

Good points Big Bad Dom, the issue is poor education and lack of any kind of lane strategy. How many drivers here sit in the "middle" lane, regardless? Not to mention the blatant phone use while driving, a major cause of accidents for sure.