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Speed limits in Dubai may be cut to 100km per hour

RTA, Dubai police officials set to make recommendations to improve road safety by end-June

Speed limits in Dubai may be cut to 100km per hour
Cars drive on a highway in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. (Getty Images)

Speed limits on Dubai roads could be revised down to 100km per hour as part of a new drive to improve road safety, it was reported on Wednesday.

Officials from the Roads and Transport Authority's Traffic and Roads Agency (TRA) and Dubai Police, are due to make recommendations at the end of June, UAE daily Khaleej Times reported.

It said the team has been studying various proposals to enhance road safety over the past year, and the final recommendations would be made in a new Speed Limit Manual.

Maitha bin Adai CEO of TRA, told the paper: “Our new strategy is based on three Es of Engineering, Education and Enforcement under which we will first have the new signage, boards and infrastructure in place.

"The second and most important part is to educate people about the dangers of speeding and make them aware about the changes in speed limits and road signage, and the final part is to enforce the new strategy strictly to control accidents,” she added.

She said proposals had been put to the police and if approved all road speed limits in Dubai will be evaluated and modified.

Dubai roads saw eight fatalities per 100,000 in 2010, down from 22 per 100,000 in 2007.

Authorities believe a reduction in the speed limit will help reduce the figure further to globally accepted level of five per 100,000 in the next few years.

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Driver 8 years ago

Another example of governments lowering speed limits rather than addressing the real issue - Drive Training and general policing.

Speed is just one contributing factor while other contirubutory factors such as drivers not using turn signals for lane changes, tail gating, Trucks trailers not being registered/roadworthy, lack of speedlimiters on buses/heavy vehicles all go ignored.

Easier to fleece the general public with speeding revenue than address the real problems.

tony 8 years ago

^ totally agree. If speed kills, then why Germany should have the highest rates of road kills.

People here cannot drive. Change lanes without signaling, and just acting stupid.

Bring it down to 40km/h and you will still have accidents!

Even the police doesnt signal when they change lanes in this country!

Jebel Ali Baba 8 years ago

Slow driving is much more dangerous! A crash with 60kph can still kill you and driving that slow makes drivers even less alert, less indicating and keeping less safety distance.

The only way to reduce fatalities on the roads is education and control. Look which people cause the majority of accidents, train them better and more often and punish harder, if they fail repeatedly.

Don't punish all with speed limits when the problem can be solved with existing measurements.

Telcoguy 8 years ago

Enforcement is the issue. Patchy enforcement that breeds a culture of impunity and the need to be seen "doing something" to curb a serious issue.
Business as usual.

Ali 8 years ago

When we will still see accidents after lowering the limit, what will be the next "solution"? Lower all limits to 60 kph?

Or better still, get rid of highways so people cant drive fast ?

Why is everyone just obsessed over speed limits, when its enforcement and proper driving that is more important.

NIgelB 8 years ago

I am behind any initiative that reduces road deaths but once again the focus is placed on speed (as other writers have mentioned).
Tailgating has been highlighted and can kill if at 80kph or less, and nobody wants to address the 'middle lane' drivers who are causing people to weave around them & create a dangerous situation. I thought the 'rule of the road' here was to keep right!? I often see them enter the highway at 90 degrees into the 3rd lane & leave doing the same!

On another issue while I hope that the target of reducing road deaths to zero per 100,000 is achieved I do not believe it possible, where in the world are there zero road deaths? I train leadership & tell people that goals have to be seen to be achievable for people to buy-in!

I wish the UAE police would focus on manner of driving than speed alone (but as has already been pointed out, it's easy income). I wish them & the RTA every success in their endeavours in making the roads of the UAE safer for all!

Faisal Al Saeed 8 years ago

Driving so slow when the road is empty will be so stressful which overtime result in my death via a heart attack. RTA is not addressing this issue correctly and they need to get in touch with proper consultants, more likely German.

niggel 8 years ago

FYI, German drivers have a sense of discipline hardly seen on the UAE roads. Some parts of their highways may be free from speed limitation, you will still never find tailgating, dangerous overtaking in congestion, no signaling, etc... And once a 110km/h speed limit is announced, expect to find everyone there driving 110...
I strongly support any initiative to improve road safety in the UAE. As usual when prevention doesn't seem to help, repression works better. We absolutely need lowered speed limits, highway patrols and serious enforcement, real black points system.
There should be no mercy for those happy to endanger other's safety on the roads.
For those who need to drop testosterone, tracks were made for that.

Jake 8 years ago

Believe me, you don't want german traffic laws here. Half of the country would lose their driving license within a month, including me.

3 points would greatly increase traffic flow and safety. For one drivers have to drive on the most right lane available. Proper safety distances need to be set for certain speeds. This point can easily be enforced by traffic cameras. And lastly, traffic law enforcement needs to actually take place. Police needs to stop violators and fine them on the spot.

The humiliation one will feel at that very moment will make them change their attitude. It is obvious that fines and black points are not efficient enough.

One question though. How is it possible that a driver can actually clock up 350+ black points like that gentlemen from Al Ain, we heard about last week?

His Excellency Dr Paul 8 years ago

6 out of 24 F1 drivers are German. How many from the middle east? Driving fast cars is something people in this region like to think they do well, but the road statistics and non-showing in any major motorsport series say otherwise.... poor training, poor discipline and patchy law enforcement