Khaleej Times , Wednesday Aug
8, 2018 | Zul Qaadah
alert: Four days left for new UAE speed limit
Beginning August 12, motorists crossing the set
speed limits on Abu Dhabi roads, even by 1kmph, will be fined for speeding as
the Abu Dhabi Police have decided to abolish 20kmph speed limit buffer.
The General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police
announced earlier hat the speed limit on the roads will be revised and motorists
can no longer enjoy the buffer from August 12 onwards. Speed limits on highways
and internal roads will be increased by the buffer margin from this date.
Major-General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, Commander-in-Chief of the Abu Dhabi
Police and a member of the Executive Council, said that the decision to amend
the speed limit on the roads was taken after several scientific studies.
Earlier this month, the Abu Dhabi Police hinted
at plans to abolish the speed limit buffer on certain roads in the Capital.
Currently, most roads in the Capital have a
buffer that allows motorists to travel 20kmph faster than what is advertised as
the speed limit, without being penalised or fined.
An Abu Dhabi Police official told Khaleej Times that enhancing road safety and
security and reducing the number of road accidents, injuries and fatalities is a
priority for the authorities.
"The Abu Dhabi Police will continue to do what
we can to ensure the safety of all road users in the Capital. We urge all
motorists to be cautious on the roads, to drive safely, watch their speed limit,
ensure they and their passengers are buckled up, not to use their mobile phones
while driving, to keep a safe distance between vehicles and to abide by other
road rules," the official said.
In January, the Abu Dhabi Police revealed that
motorists in the emirate were slapped with 4.6 million traffic fines in 2017,
with a majority being related to speeding.
Speeding topped the list of traffic violations
which comprised 79.8 per cent of the total fines.
The police announced that speeding tickets
reached 3.8 million last year, whereas in 2016, speeding tickets reached 3.7
million. However, officials have not yet revealed the total number of speeding
tickets slapped on motorists this year.
The Abu Dhabi Police adopted a set of
recommendations and technical procedures that will contribute to implementing
the new speed limit.
Major-General Al Romaithi pointed out that the
decision on the new speed limits and the removal of the speed buffer, was based
on scientific studies carried out by a specialised team of the General Command
of Abu Dhabi Police, departments of transport and urban planning and
He stressed that the studies focused on conducting a traffic survey to identify
the road behaviour of drivers compared to the speed limit of the road, and
comparisons of standard speed and speed limit buffer. Some countries have
achieved outstanding results in traffic safety levels after such studies.
Major-General Al Romaithi urged the motorists to deal positively with the new
road speed limits.