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UAE campaigners urge removal of 20kph speed ‘buffer’

Calls come as authorities announce new plans to regulate traffic flows using sophisticated cameras and other ‘smart’ technologies to monitor movements

UAE campaigners urge removal of 20kph speed ‘buffer’
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Plans have been unveiled to increase the use of ‘smart’ technology to control Dubai’s traffic flows, while campaigners in the UAE have welcomed a proposal to remove the 20kph speed ‘buffer’ in light of recent road accidents.

At present, motorists caught travelling at 139kph in a 120kph zone would not usually be fined. However, lobby group RoadSafetyUAE.com said this sort of leeway causes too much confusion and scope for dangerous driving, reported 7Days newspaper.

The group’s founder, Thomas Edelmann, said: “To avoid any kind of misunderstandings on the road, removing buffers would be a great idea.

“For drivers, it should be what you see is what you get. Anything to do with interpretations should be avoided. With buffers, drivers interpret differently as to what speed to go at. Some think it could be 20pkh more and others think its 10pkh more. And the confusion is visible on the roads here.”

Edelmann was speaking after the head of the Federal Traffic Council on Thursday recommended that the UAE government remove the speed buffer.

The council has also recommended that the maximum speed limit on highways be increased to 130kph and the minimum be increased from 60kph to 100kph, to avoid having wide variations in drivers’ speeds.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has also pledged to increase the use of sophisticated cameras and other ‘smart’ technologies to monitor traffic movements and catch road violators more quickly.

According to Khaleej Times, there are 356 cameras deployed at main junctions and roads to monitor the traffic movement across Dubai.

Under the RTA’s new surveillance plan, more mobile cameras are to be installed, which will send real-time information to control centres about the UAE’s roads.

RTA director-general Mattar Al Tayer was quoted as saying: “These cameras are integrated with an array of modern technologies such as telecommunication systems, solar power panels, and movement remote sensors.”

Al Tayer also unveiled a plan for constructing a brand new traffic control centre at Al Barsha on Saturday.

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langyaw 4 years ago

IMHO, there are 2 ways to reduce the overall speed of a car travelling on a stretch of road, e.g., SZR.
one is by reducing the space between cams (increasing the number of cams), or by implementing average speed cams.
by increasing the number of cams, accelerating after a cam won't be possible if another cam is coming right up ahead very soon. and so, accelerating and braking for cams is eliminated.
The average speed cams will catch more drivers doing the speed-up and slow-down habit.

Jad 4 years ago

The cameras are already recording average speed but since they are set above the listed speed limit, it's pretty easy to avoid getting caught.