You may have heard that two major roads in Dubai will have their speed limits reduced from today.
So unless you’re interested in paying up for a few speeding fines, it’s best you find out all you can about the new limits.
Here’s what you need to know:
What are the new limits?
The roads in question will have their speed limits reduced from 120 km/h to 110 km/h.
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According to the Dubai Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), the idea is to reduce the number of traffic accidents that are caused by speeding.
Which roads are affected?
The roads in question are the E311 (Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road) and the E611 (Emirates Road). However, it’s important to remember that the new limits only come into force on the Dubai section of these roads. Once you’re into the other emirates, the limit will go back up to 120 km/h.
Does the new limit include the 20 km/h buffer that’s in place across all other roads?
Yep. So if you’re travelling down either the E311 or the E611, you’ll be able to drive up to 130 km/h before setting a speed camera off. Previously, the cameras would snap at 140 km/h.
How much will it cost me if I get caught driving at above the new limit?
If you’re travelling at 131 km/h, you’ll be issued a fine for exceeding the speed limit by not more than 50 km/h. That comes with a fine of AED 500. And if you’re traveling at between 50 and 60 km/h over the speed limit (so 160 to 170 km/h), you’ll be hit with a fine of AED 800. And if you’re more than 60 km/h over the speed limit, you’re looking at a AED 1,000 fine.
Hang on. I’ll be driving more slowly with these limits in place. How much will this add to my journey times?
Well, instead of travelling at 120 km/h, you’ll be travelling at 110 km/h, meaning that, every hour, you’ll be doing 10 km less than you were before.
So how does that translate to your daily drive? Well, let’s assume you want to travel from University City in Sharjah to Sports City in Dubai. That’s a distance of about 50 km, and the journey will mostly involve being on the E311.
When the speed limit was 120 km/h, that journey would have taken you 25 minutes – assuming you drove 120 km/h the whole way. With the limit of 110 km/h, however, that same journey will take you 27 minutes and 16 seconds.
As you can see, even over relatively long distances, the new limit won’t really have a massive effect on journey times – 110 km/h is still plenty quick enough.