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Rush on for speed limiters on buses as deadline expires

Passenger buses not fitted with mandatory device won’t pass vehicle registration

  • By Jay B. Hilotin, Chief Reporter, XPRESS
  • Published: 22:23 April 10, 2013
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  • Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Xpress
  • not so fast: The Dh1,200 device limits the speed of buses, vans to curb accidents

DUBAI: Buses and minibuses are rushing to install road speed limiters (RSL) to comply with a new law.

About 150 vehicles per day are having the devices fixed at centres across the country.

The Dh1,200 device limits the speed of certain vehicles to the mandatory 100km/h set by authorities.

In December 2012, the Ministry of Interior directed all delivery vehicles, passenger and minibuses having up to 22 seats to install speed limiters on or before March 31, 2013 following standards set by the Emirates Standards and Metrology Authority.

While up to 70 per cent of vehicles have been fitted with RSLs, the late ones are in a rush to comply.

There are 43 types of vehicles included in the rule and vehicles that do not have a speed limiter will not get a pass certificate to renew the annual registration.

“People usually wait till the last minute,” said Sherin Radhakrishnan, general manager of Rover Auto Centre in Al Quoz, an authorised RSL installation centre. He said on average they install kits on two vehicles per day. There are 50 centres across the UAE. Over 30 are in Dubai alone.

The move to install RSLs comes in the wake of multiple deaths caused by crashes. In early February, 24 Asian workers died in a bus crash in Al Ain.

Speeding incidents by mini buses and passenger buses have significantly gone down following the move to install RSLs.

Shool buses are already required to have speed control systems limiting them to 80 km/h. Dubai Taxi Corp started installing speed limiters on its taxi fleet from 2009.

Speed limiters either electronically control acceleration or directly curb the amount of fuel fed to the engine.

The “fitment” centres are privately-owned facilities selected by Autograde, an RSL manufacturer which also authorises fitting centres or auto workshops to ensure the gear is installed property.

After fitting the equipment, the centres set the limit with a tamper-proof device before issuing a certificate indicating the kit was installed properly. Mohammad Ashraf, managing director of Autograde LLC, which manufactures the device in the UAE and India, said they qualify workshops and train technicians too.

A report by Dubai Police shows installation of speed cameras helped reduce speeding offences by 30 per cent.

“If reduced speeding fines are anything to go by, then it is surely the way to go ahead,” said Ashraf.

Autograde started supplying speed limiters to ENOC-Tasjeel petrol stations in JAFZA and Warsan on April 1.

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  1. Added 12:47 April 11, 2013

    Speed governing equipments linked with traffic patrol control room should be fixed in all vehicles and from the control room automatically fine will be issued for overspeeding vehicles. My other suggestion is the number displayed on commercial vehicle for reporting the driving attitude now there is no use because most of the numbers belongs to the driver (Many numbers are unclear and incomplete also !!!!). Instead of this the authorities should start call centre operating round the colck and display this number on all vehcles including Private cars also.

    Raveendran Pillai, Cheruvallor-Kollakadavu, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 10:09 April 11, 2013

    Dubai roads will be much safer if this RSL will be fitted as well with trucks and lorries, not only for the buses and mini-buses. How many big trucks you can see in Al Khail and Emirates road driving at 100-120 km/h with the drivers driving as if they are driving normal cars. Paging RTA, have a look on this matter to prevent truck drivers making havoc and drives like amock on Dubai roads.

    paul tayao, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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