UAE speed limit changes: When and why they happen?

Speeds are automatically reduced to 80kmph on some roads during adverse weather conditions

  

With the UAE reporting unstable weather conditions over the past few days, police forces in the country have been urging motorists to reduce speed as they drive.

In Abu Dhabi, speed limits automatically change on key roads during adverse weather conditions. Khaleej Times has run multiple reports on this in the past week, with the latest being on Sunday, January 17, when the police warned motorists about reduced speed limits due to the fog that blanketed the country.

Here is all you need to know.

What is this rule in Abu Dhabi and when and how is it implemented?

Weather is monitored by a ‘smart system’ that will automatically reduce the speed limit on Abu Dhabi roads and highways during adverse weather or foggy conditions. In the event of poor visibility (when visibility has dropped to less than 200 metres), the speed limit is reduced to 80km/hour.

How do I know when the speed limits have been reduced?

The modified speeds are displayed on electronic information boards — both overhead and temporary ones. The police also send out alerts on their apps and social media channels.

Are the radars reset to temporary speed limits?

Yes, it is all linked to one central system. When the speed limits are reduced, radars will flash if a vehicle travels at 81km/hour.

Can I go back to the regular speed limit if the weather clears up?

Not until the electronic boards or the police app and social media channels say that the usual speed limits have been restored.

How is low visibility monitored?

This is done using different channels like National Centre of Meteorology, visibility sensors on the smart towers and traffic patrols on roads. A geographic frame is identified according to the data and will include adjacent areas, too.

Why was this initiative launched?

Traffic authorities in Abu Dhabi have over the past years reported many accidents that resulted from low visibility caused by fog. Most of the accidents in the foggy weather were attributed to tailgating and speeding.

 

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