Gulf & Middle East
Minimum highway speed set at 60 km in Dubai
Apr 9, 2007 - 10:01:51 AM

Dubai, April 9 - A minimum speed limit of 60 km per hour is being introduced on a string of major highways in Dubai. The minimum speed limit will apply on highways where the existing speed limit is 100 km per hour or more, the WAM news agency said.

Motorists who fail to comply with the new rule will risk fines, although the exact penalties have not been decided yet.

'The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority [RTA] will soon start installing signs to educate motorists on the minimum speed limit on highways,' said a senior official.

Speed governors will also be installed in vehicles conducting desert safaris. The announcement comes just days after a fatal crash involving a safari vehicle.

Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing - spokesman Mohammad Abdul Mannan said the move follows other measures aimed at improving safety standards, such as the requirement that vehicles have GPS equipment and a first aid kit.

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