The decision was made to help improve safety levels and ease traffic congestion
25 July 2018| Last updated on 13 November 2018
Listen up Abu Dhabi drivers, you're no longer going to have the comfort of the 20 km/h buffer while driving around the emirate.
That's right - the speed limit buffer in Abu Dhabi is going to be no more, after the police made an announcement on Wednesday.
The removal of Abu Dhabi's speed limit allowance will begin on August 12th, 2018, which means motorists will be penalised for driving even just one kilometre over the specified speed limit.
Removal of the buffer was confirmed via the Abu Dhabi Police's official Twitter account, as they shared that they have begun procedures to eliminate the speed leeways on all of the roads in the emirate. Cameras and speed radars will be ready to catch drivers who break speed limits from mid-August.
So on a road with a speed limit of 120 km/h, you'll no longer be able to drive up to 139 km/h, or even at 121 km/h.
The below image was shared on the @ADPoliceHQ Twitter account, which you can view here.
Procedures are currently ongoing by authorities to also reduce the speed limits across Abu Dhabi, as part of the efforts to standardise speed radars with the road speeds, according to the official news agency, WAM.
What speed limit changes are to be implemented, we're not too sure yet - we'll keep you updated when we find out.
Why has the speed limit buffer been removed in Abu Dhabi?
Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police, explained that the decision to amend the speeds is to help achieve the best levels of traffic safety. Plus, the decision for these changes to be implemented was made on the basis of traffic accident indicators, research and studies.
Abu Dhabi Police has also cooperated with the Department of Transport and Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, to adopt a set of recommendations and procedures that will help implement the new speed changes.
Al Rumaithi urges members of the public to be aware of the new speeds and the elimination of the speed margin on radars, and they are expected to adhere to the new traffic regulations.
How much is a speeding fine in Abu Dhabi?
If for whatever reason you may forget that the radars will be standardised with the speed limits from August 12th, and you happen to go over the speed limit while driving past a speed radar, you can expect to pay between AED 300 up to AED 3,000 depending on the limit crossed while driving.