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Abu Dhabi to cancel 20km/hr speed limit buffer from August

Abu Dhabi to cancel 20km/hr speed limit buffer from August

The move is aimed at improving safety levels and easing traffic congestion

Abu Dhabi will no longer allow the 20km/hr speed limit buffer on its roads from August 12, the police announced on Wednesday.

The buffer will be removed on all the roads and motorists will be penalised for driving even one kilometre over the specified speed limit. So on a road with a speed limit of 120km/hr, motorists will no longer be able to drive at 140 or even 121km/hr.

The Abu Dhabi Police has begun procedures to eliminate the speed leeways on all the roads in the emirate and speed radars will have a set standard from August 12, official news agency WAM reported.

Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police, said that the decision was being implemented on the basis of traffic accident indicators, research and studies aimed at attaining the highest levels of traffic safety and easing traffic congestion.

The police has co-operated with the Department of Transport and the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, to adopt a set of recommendations and procedures that will contribute to implementing the new decision, the report said.

Al Rumaithi urged all drivers to adhere to the new traffic regulations.

Under new traffic rules implemented in the UAE in July last year, speeding over the limit will draw fines ranging from Dhs300 to up to Dhs3,000 depending on the limit crossed.

Also read: Abu Dhabi warns motorists of Dhs1,000 fine for rubbernecking

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