Traffic builds up on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road-Al Ain Road exit. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Dubai: A new speed limit on Dubai’s two main highways will force motorists to slow down a notch, and it is going to start soon.

Dubai Police have started to install new signboards on Emirates Road and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed (MBZ) Road, and are reminding motorists that the speed limit will be dropped from 120 km/h to 110 km/h starting on October 15.

If you want to avoid getting a speeding ticket, it is worth remembering that motorists will be issued a fine once they exceed the 130 km/h grace window for the speed limit. 

According to the UAE’s federal traffic law, motorists will be slapped with a Dh600 fine for exceeding the speed limit by 30 km/h, Dh700 for speeding by 40 km/h, and Dh1,000 if they drive 50 km/h over the speed limit. 

In September, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police announced the decision to reduce the speed limit on busy highways following a spate of accidents over the last two years.

Gulf News earlier reported that RTA officials expect the drop in speed limit to ensure greater safety on the roads and to help curb traffic violations.

“Lowering the speed limits on the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and Emirates roads is a result of elaborate traffic safety studies and analyses of traffic accident data along with their causes over the past years. It resulted in addressing several traffic safety requirements such as pedestrian bridges, safety rails, and truck lay-by areas,” said Maitha Mohammad Bin Adai, chief executive officer of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.

Statistics provided by Dubai Police have also shown that both highways claimed 39 lives each from the beginning of 2016, forcing authorities to revise the speed limits as at least 60 per cent of the accidents are associated with speeding.

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