Dubai Taxi speeds to be locked at 140km/h


By Shafaat Shahbandari Staff Reporter

Dubai: Speeds on all Dubai taxis will be locked at 140km/h as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) moves to install speed controllers on taxis aiming to cut down on traffic offences, Gulf News can reveal.

The initiative is part of RTA’s dual speed monitoring system, which includes cancellation of the grace limit for all taxis that was announced last year.

According to a senior RTA official, a pilot project was carried out on a few taxis by installing the devices and a pulse system, which proved immensely successful in improving road safety.

“We have tested the device and installed it on 2,400 DTC taxis already. We have got great results during our trial run as speeding offences on taxis were cut down by 18 per cent over the last year,” said Mohammad Yousuf, Director of Operations at RTA’s Dubai Taxi corporation (DTC).

By the end of this year, he added, the entire fleet of more than 4,000 DTC taxis will be equipped with speed limiters. More info