Speed limits lowered on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road
The speed limit on the Dubai stretch of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road will be reduced from 120 kph to 110 kph from October 15.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police say the decision has been taken to curb the number of traffic accidents from over-speeding on the roads.
Engineer Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA, said, “Lowering the speed limits on the Sheikh Mohammed 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.”
During the first half of this year, there were 99 accidents resulting in six fatalities and 78 injuries on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
Meanwhile, Emirates Road saw 40 accidents resulting in 10 fatalities and 75 injuries in the same period.
The current capacity of both roads is about 12,000 vehicles per hour per direction.
The number of vehicles on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road amounts to 7,821 in the direction of Sharjah of which trucks comprise 12 per cent and 7,009 in the direction of Abu Dhabi with trucks accounting for 6 per cent of these vehicles.
On Emirates Road, statistics show that the capacity of the road in the direction of Abu Dhabi is 6,442 vehicles (6 per cent of them are trucks) whereas the number of vehicles heading to Sharjah is 3,416 (14 per cent of them are trucks).
“The decision is mainly intended to curb traffic accidents resulting from over speeding, especially as the two roads witness huge volumes of heavy vehicles traffic in both directions,” added Maitha.
Major General Eng. Advisor Mohammed Saif Al Zaffein, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said, “Speed is a key contributing or associated factor for not less than 60 per cent of traffic road fatalities.”
He added that lowering the speed limit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road is an outcome of extensive studies conducted by Dubai Police and the RTA.
The move is in line with the Dubai Police strategy aimed at reducing traffic accidents to zero percent per 100 of the population.