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Speed limit cushion set to drop for Dubai buses, taxis

New rules to come in Nov, police aiming for 10% drop in serious accidents.

The speed limit cushion at which radars will flash speeding vehicles is set to be reduced by 10km/hr from the existing 20km/hr, it was reported on Monday.

The new rule, which is due to be introduced in November, will apply to trucks, buses and taxis only and police chiefs said they expect the move to result in a 10 percent drop in serious accidents.

In comments published by Khaleej Times, Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafin said the reduction was designed to reduce road deaths caused by speeding.

From November, if the speed limit on a road is 100km/hr, the fixed and mobile radars will register on the computer vehicles travelling at 111km/hr instead of at 120km/hr.

He told the paper: “Reducing the radar control speed limit will decrease serious accidents by 10 percent during the next coming months.”

He said that 22 people died in incidents involving mini buses, 16 died in pickup caused accidents while 24 died in heavy trucks mishaps in 2008. Deaths involving taxis numbered 38.

Zafin said the lack of driving discipline and speeding were the main causes for the accidents.

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munter 10 years ago

Read revenue gathering as this will catch all motorists, unless they are going to flash every single car/suv all the time, then exclude manually which would be a huge task?? Good that they are taking the road toll seriously though, thumbs up for that. Maybe go back to "consultants" for more options though coz this one stinks.

Ian 10 years ago

A good move - but why not also apply the rule to private cars? As long as the Range Rover Sports can still weave in and out of the lanes at high speed accidents will still happen. In fact by introducing a speed differential between classes of vehicles you might even be increasing the risks ?

Matt Blair 10 years ago

Yet another ambiguous announcement from the local authorities. The radars will catch every vechile travelling above the designated set limit which is supposedly just for trucks , buses and taxis -- how will they discrimate these vechiles from the other road traffic. How will the car driver prove his innocence when the ticket is logged against him? Also -- what about the "Coffin Vans" , a vechile group which is involved in so many fatal accidents, are they included in the official list of speedsters.

Omar 10 years ago

This should have taken place at least 20 years ago. It could have saved thousands of innocents. Speed limit is still TOO HIGH in UAE making all radars USELESS! All speed limits should be decreased by 20%. Speed limit are very high in UAE! More radars should be installed esp. Abu Dhabi - Dubai road. What is the use of radars if they flash at 141 km/h! Maybe they are suitable for the upcoming F1! Safety culture must be boosted in this country. It's still very poor.

Munts 10 years ago

The cameras should fire at 100 ANYWHERE on highway in UAE. And off highway they should fire at 60. This would reduce the roadtoll by a significant amount. It will have a significant impact on productivity and likely increase costs throughout the value chain but how much value (in AED) do you put on the life of a UAE citizen/expat worker?

gordon 10 years ago

You can use statistics to manipulate anything. if I was to follow this argument I would wonder why Germany has a lower accident rate despite often no speed limits. Speed is indeed a factor, but by no means the only factor. Doing 160 km on SZY with no traffic is not dangerous in a good car with good driving skills. Doing 80km in heavy traffic, weaving, cutting people up and tailgaiting is dangerous. So focus on the dangerous drivers and dangerous habits for greater results.

Jebel Ali Baba 10 years ago

You are wrong. Germany has very strict speed limits in place at almost all roads and highways. There are very little parts of the Autobahn left without a speed limit. And Police is very strict in Germany. You don't drive belted, use a phone while driving or just have old tires and you are fined immediately. And the Black-Point-System really takes the driving license away... not like here.

Sandra 10 years ago

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! The speed limit needs to be lowered all over the UAE! I , too , am in argreement that the cameras should fire at 100! It is terrifying to drive these roads. Abu Dhabi is in need of immediate attention to this , once you cross the border from Dubai there is such a drastic change in driving. The speed, the sheer amount of traffic, weaving , cutting in , tailgating and absolutely dangerous drivers who attach themselves to your tail , flashing lights and then passing on the shoulder of the road; it is actually amazing there are not MORE accidents.

Ali 10 years ago

It is becoming common that drivers attitude in Dubai is very agressive with or without speed limits, the same attitude when passing the pedestrians zones even when it is well sign posted pedestrian crossings and with speed humps, simply no respect by drivers for pedestrians or other road users

Mad Murdoch 10 years ago

Speed is one issue, but I think that the RTA and the Police should have a concerted drive to get drivers to use their indicators on a regular basis when changing lanes. I remember when the law was changed on the use of seat belts and the police had a crack down for two months on people not using their seat belts, with instant fines for violators. They could do the same with indicators. Introduce a zero-tolerance policy for 3 months and fine anyone changng lanes or turning with using the indicator. It would make the roads safer in a very short space of time.