Some of Sharjah-Dubai’s frequent drivers forgot that the speed limit on the ever-busy Al Ittihad Road has been reduced.
Starting today (November 20), the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police jointly decided to reduce the maximum speed limit from 100 km per hour to 80 km per hour from the Sharjah-Dubai border in Al Ittihad Road until reaching Al Garhoud. Bridge. Violators could face a fine of up to Dh3,000 for not respecting the speed limit.
“I didn’t remember that the speed had been revised from today and I had to drive 20 kilometers slower. I read it in the media but I forgot the date. When I saw the signs on the road, I realized that the speed limit had been revised,” said Najwa Jabri, a Syrian citizen who resides in Sharjah and regularly travels between the two emirates for work.
Jabri starts his day at 8am and drives from Al Khan roundabout to his office in Al Garhoud four days a week.
He pointed out that the possibilities of accelerating at more than 80 kilometers per hour in the morning are very slim due to heavy traffic.
He added that traffic was significantly higher on Monday morning due to an accident on Al Ittihad Road.
But for sales executive Hassan Shaukat, who frequently travels between the two emirates and obeys speed limits, it was a normal day.
“I am very attentive to the speed limit, especially on main roads, because I drive quite frequently to make deliveries of goods in the two emirates. So when I read the news about the speed limit change last week, I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget. Because sometimes I come to Dubai at night when the roads are empty and I drive up to the speed limit of 100,” said the Pakistani national, who has lived in the UAE for more than 20 years.
Siddharth Somaiya, a restaurant owner, lives in Dubai and drives to Sharjah to take care of his business. He hopes this new speed limit will reduce the massive increase in traffic that has been seen in recent months.
“When I saw the speed sign signs being covered up last week, I realized something was going to change. So I was quite aware that the speed limit had changed this morning. I was aware of the new speed limit when I touched Al Ittihad Road when they put the red stripe on the road,” he said, adding that he used to drive on cruise control, but that is no longer the case with a massive increase in traffic.
“The last three or four months have changed dramatically in terms of traffic growth,” he added.