Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the General HQ of Dubai Police have decided to reduce the speed limit on both Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road from 120kph to 110kph across all sectors of the two main highways in Dubai.
The lowered speed limit, which will take effect as of October 15, 2017, has been taken as part of efforts to curb traffic accidents and ensure the safety of road users.
In a media statement issued on September 13, 2017, Engineer Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA, said: “Lowering the speed limits on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road is a result of elaborate traffic safety studies and analyses of traffic accident data along with their causes over the past years. .
“The current capacity of the two roads is about 12,000 vehicles per hour per direction: 7,009 vehicles on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi where trucks account for 6% of these vehicles. Traffic studies indicated the number of vehicles on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road amounts to 7,821 vehicles in the direction of Sharjah, of which trucks comprise 12%.
“On Emirates Road, statistics show that the capacity of the road in the direction of Abu Dhabi is 6,442 vehicles, 6% of them are trucks, whereas the number of vehicles heading to Sharjah is 3,416, 4% of them are trucks,” said Maitha.
“The decision is mainly intended to curb traffic accidents resulting from over speeding, especially as the two roads witness huge volumes of heavy vehicle traffic in both directions. Controlling the speed limits is one of the most effective measures of reducing traffic accidents. The procedure of controlling speed limits is based on several criteria highlighted by the design speed of the road, and the actual speed observed by the majority of drivers. It also rests on the extent of urbanisation on both roadsides, pedestrian traffic, availability of schools, mosques and other vital facilities,” added Maitha.
Major General Eng Advisor Mohammed Saif Al Zaffein, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said: “The objective of reducing the speed limits on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road is to curb traffic accidents, especially fatal accidents, and step up the safety of users of both roads. Speed is a key contributing or associated factor for not less than 60% of traffic road fatalities.
“Lowering the speed limit on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road is an outcome of extensive studies conducted by the Dubai Police and the RTA for raising the traffic safety levels and associated traffic fatalities. The move is compatible with the Dubai Police strategy which is aimed at reducing traffic accidents to 0% per 100 of the population.
“During the first half of this year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road was the scene of 99 accidents, resulting in six fatalities and 78 injuries. Last year, the same road saw 196 accidents, resulting in 33 deaths and 249 injuries. As for Emirates Road, it witnessed 40 accidents during the first half of this year, resulting in 10 fatalities and 75 injuries. Last year, the same road saw 86 accidents, involving 29 deaths and 147 injuries,” added Al Zaffein (seen right).