You’ll no longer be able to cross the speed limit in Abu Dhabi and get away with it.
On August 12, Abu Dhabi Police will scrap its policy of allowing motorists to go up to 20 km/h over the official limit without incurring fines.
That said, speed limits will be raised in some areas, so this may not effect how fast you’re allowed to drive, depending on the routes you take.
The idea, really, is to remove the confusion associated with the 20 km/h ‘grace’ speed allowed on top of the displayed speed limit. From August 12, the speed limit will simply be what’s displayed on the signs.
Major General Mohammad Khalfan Al Romaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, said the decision to enforce official limits has been taken after careful studies and in co-operation with strategic partners, the Department of Transport and the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities.
The decision to impose the official limits and the cancellation of the 20 km/h ‘grace’ excess were based on scientific studies carried out by a specialised team of the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police and the Department of Transport.
Currently, if you drive in a 100 km/h zone, you can go up to 120 km/h without committing an offence and incurring a fine.
Under the new rules, that same road may well have a revised speed limit of 120 km/h, which will be displayed on signs. But you’ll commit an offence and be fined even if you drive 1 km/h over it.