UAE to set mini-bus speed at maximum 100kmph

Passenger mini buses in the UAE must be fitted with devices to control their speed at a maximum 100 kph by March 1 or they will be denied licence renewal under new rules to be introduced by the Ministry of Interior, the press reported on Wednesday.

The rules will be mandatory for all mini business with seating capacity of 22 people by March 1 in line with a cabinet decision to ensure the safety of road users, the Dubai-based Arabic language daily Albayan said.

“After March 1, no minibus with that capacity will be granted driving licence or allowed to renew its licence unless it complies with these rules,” the paper said, quoting Brigadier Gaith Al Zaabi, director of the traffic coordination division at the Ministry of Interior.

He said the new rules would be applicable on all such minibuses in the UAE and those imported after March 1.

“All such vehicles will be checked to ensure they are fitted with an accelerator speed control device…those who do not abide by these rules will be denied licence and will be fined,” he said, adding that the rules had been prompted by a surge in road accidents.

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