Abu Dhabi Traffic Police introduce new strategies to reduce the number of fatalities on the emirate’s roads. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Police will begin to enforce new rules on speed limits on all the roads in the emirate from next week.

The rules will be implemented in cooperation with the Department of Transport (DoT) and the municipalities of Abu Dhabi city, Western Region and Al Ain, a press release issued by the police said on Sunday.

Colonel Hussain Ahmad Al Harithi, director of Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Department, urged all motorists to follow the new speed limits even in residential areas, which will be enforced as part of the new rules. Police patrol cars will monitor the speed limits in residential areas whereas the radars will serve that purpose on highways, he said.

Residential areas

The official said the speed limit in residential areas will be 20 to 40km/h.

He said the speed limit controlled by radars on three highways will not be changed. The Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway stretches from Al Mafraq bridge to Seih Al Shoaib, Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway from Baniyas Park to Al Sa'ad area in Al Ain and the third highway stretches from Al Shawmekh to Al Heer. A spokesman of Abu Dhabi police told Gulf News that the speed limit on highways will be 140km/h with an allowance of 20 kilometres per hour. "It means a motorist will be fined if he or she crosses 160km/h on highways," he said.

Extensive studies

Al Harithi said the changes are being made after extensive studies on the traffic requirements of the emirate in the next decade.

He said the new rules emphasise road safety.

A new campaign will be conducted for drivers, he said. More details on the new rules will be announced within a few days, the official said.

Speed limit on Abu Dhabi roads

  • Airport road, Muroor road, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street and Corniche: 60 km/h (with an allowance of 20 km/h)
  • Residential areas: 20 to 40 km/h
  • Highways: 140 km/h (with an allowance of 20 km/h)