By VM Sathish www.emirates247.com
Reports suggest that the UAE Ministry of Interior has accepted a proposal by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (Esma) to make speed limiters mandatory for all commercial vehicles.
Earlier, speed limiters were made mandatory for the UAE’s mini buses, and their owners were given a deadline of March 2013 to comply with it. By now, most of the 60,000-odd mini buses plying on UAE roads have such speed limiters installed. The maximum speed limit set by the Ministry for mini buses is 100kmph.
“A tragic accident in Al Ain that killed 24 workers and injured many highlighted the need to implement speed limit for mini buses transporting workers,” said Mohammed Ashraf, Managing Director of Autograde, a company that manufacturers and markets speed governors in the UAE.
A Road Speed Limiter (RSL) is a device whose primary function is to control the fuel feed to the engine, in order to limit the vehicle speed to a pre-set value. Whenever that speed is exceeded, a sensor integrated in the vehicle decreases the fuel flow to the engine and eventually reduces the speed of the vehicle, he explained. More info