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Dubai Police propose cutting speed limits on the road to curb accidents

Grace limit also to be slashed and increase in minimum speed on highways under study

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 17:30 May 28, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Dubai Police are warning motorists the time may be nigh to slash speed limits to make roads safer.

The maximum speed limit may soon be reduced on Dubai highways from 120km/h to 110km/h while the minimum speed on highways will be increased from the current 60 km/h to 90km/h, said a senior police official.

Maj Gen Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Chief of Dubai Police Traffic Department, told Gulf News yesterday that Dubai police have proposed a new plan to slash speed limits by 10km/h on the emirate’s main roads (which currently have a maximum speed limit of 120km/h) including Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and Shaikh Zayed Road.

“Reducing speed limits on roads will reduce the number of accidents and traffic fatalities,” said Maj Gen Al Zafein.

“We are also working on reducing the grace speed limit granted which allows motorists on some internal and external roads to go an additional 20km over the posted limit without being fined,” he said.

Maj Gen Al Zafein said that the 20-km grace limit could be reduced to be only 10km. Driving on Shaikh Zayed Road, for example, would then be reduced legally to 110km/h.

“We are also proposing to increase the minimum speed limit on highways from 60km/h to be 90km/h which will also help in reducing fatalities on roads,” he added.

Maj Gen Al Zafein said that there are some roads in Dubai which do not allow any grace speed limit.

He said that the grace speed limit rules have been in place since 2011 for some specific kind of vehicles including mini-buses, trucks, heavy and light vehicles and taxis. “This rule will be implemented on all vehicles soon,” he said.

He said that the new initiative will help curb the number of traffic accidents.

Maj Gen Al Zafein said that police aim to reduce the rate of deaths on roads by 10 to 25 per cent this year.

He said the traffic fatalities in Dubai declined nine per cent last year with road accidents claiming 123 lives in 2012 compared to 134 in 2011. Traffic accidents, however, increased seven per cent in the same period.

“The decline in fatalities is attributed to strict policing. The police plan to reduce fatalities to zero per 100,000 of the population in the next seven years,” he said. Some 1,481 people were injured in 2,818 accidents last year across the emirate of Dubai.

Comments (43)

  1. Added 18:56 May 29, 2013

    Basically we need to fine who does not maintain the minimum gap between two vehicles while driving. And then the people who uses phone while driving. And then the mini bus/van guys who enter the lane without signals.

    VJ, Dubai, India

  2. Added 18:18 May 29, 2013

    I trust the Dubai police have analyzed the data regarding their jurisdiction and concluded that speeding is contributing to fatal accidents. The new speed limit is very welcomed by me and I hope the grace limit can be further reduced. Driving in Dubai should not feel like being part of a stunt movie. The roads are shared by everyone and some rational rules need to be applied. I believe Dubai achieve it's goal to have zero fatalities in 2020; if everyone includes the health and safety of their fellow drivers in their conscious when they get behind the wheel.

    Shawn, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:54 May 29, 2013

    Basically most of people don't know meaning of fast, medium and slow lanes. Arrogant people drive in fast lane and don;t even bother to see rear view mirror, you flash light they will ignore. Talking on phone is biggest problem of people driving slow.

    Mandar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:44 May 29, 2013

    it's all because of driving school having competition. People can't park in given parking space and they get license, same with driving. When I was learning licenses I used to get next date after 45 days now you get in 10-15 days. accidents will happen until u educate drivers.

    Mandar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:43 May 29, 2013

    In my opinion the accidents often happen while sudden changes to the condition of one's way of driving. It may be either changing a lane without giving enough time to the fellow drivers after putting the turn indicator on, breaking on a fast lane without any reason or proper warning, etc. In short a driver doesn't know safe manners and respect to other drivers on road creates the real problem. The speed doesn't really matter if all obey the lane discipline, minimum and maximum speed limits on a particular road. The most annoying factor while driving is the slow drivers coming over to the left most lane and not permitting the fast drivers (who are driving under the legal speed limits) to go. This will irritate some of the drivers and they tend to overtake through the right lane which is killing the overall beauty of smooth flow of traffic. May I hereby request all to pay attention to the road speeds and lane discipline (lane discipline includes the minimum or optimum speed on a given lane) which will in turn avoid a lot of chaos on the highways and save a few lives in future?

    Shajid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 17:42 May 29, 2013

    I think reducing speed will not help to reduced the number of accidents, as UAE have very good rules and regulation of issuing the driving license. Accident happens only because of the reckless drivers, speeding the different thing than reckless driving. In my opinion they can increase the speed limit as UAE have very good roads but have to find out the way to grab and punish the reckless drivers.

    Kamran, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 17:18 May 29, 2013

    I was confused with the raising of minimum limit too, but I now read that places like Michigan have also done the same to avoid tailgating, etc. Still, 80 would have been a better minimum speed. More importantly, drivers here need to indicate while changing lanes PLEASE. Your carelessness can cost people their lives and livelihoods.

    Nikhil, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 16:17 May 29, 2013

    Maximum speed limit reducing is good, but I couldn't understand to increase the minimum speed limit as 90 KM. how could a driver manage in between 90 - 110 KM Speed. He must look on speedometer than on road.

    Haris, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 16:14 May 29, 2013

    Yes! its a needed initiative.

    Ashok, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:35 May 29, 2013

    in my opinion the UAE has the most sophisticated roads in the world, coming frmo germany were we are fortunate to not have any speed limtis i believe the problem for accidents is the lack of driver education in the UAE, reducing the speed limit is not going to resolve the problem in my view. its similar to having a group of children who are not willing to learn and in order to raise their grades the exam gets made easier. the authorities should address the issue of properly educating road users and accordingly also fine them for improper road courtesies. this will improve the overall driving standard in the country. thumbs up to the government and road authority though for great road systems with the perfect maintenance and control by the police.

    hans klausener, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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