A road sign in Abu Dhabi alerts drivers about the removal of speed buffer. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: Motorists in Abu Dhabi will now pay a reduced fine of Dh300 — down from Dh600 — if caught driving above designated speed limits. 

The decision to remove the buffer was largely welcomed by motorists. 

Until Saturday, a driver was allowed to go up to 140km/h in a 120km/h zone and 120km/h in a 100km/h zone. 

But starting August 12, radars, which have been reset, will catch any driver exceeding the prescribed limits. 

The Abu Dhabi Police have run an extensive awareness campaign using platforms such as social media, displays on public transport vehicles, taxis and newspapers. 

Colonel Jamal Al Ameri, Executive Director of Saaed Society and a traffic expert, said the new system was part of Abu Dhabi’s plan to improve road safety. 

“A lot of studies were carried out before taking the decision to implement this new system, and all the studies showed that removing the grace speed and having one speed limit would make the roads safer, and that is why the new system was put in place.”