The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has introduced new increased speed limits for some expressways that would be coming into effect from today that is Monday—19th of February 2018. The new speed limit would be applicable to all the vehicles.
Col. Sami bin Muhammad Al-Shuwairikh—the Director of Public Relations and Security informed to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that the increased speed limits introduced for the cars would be one hundred and forty kilometres per hour (140kph), hundred kilometres per hour (100kph) for buses and eighty kilometres per hour (80kph) for trucks.
Newly updated road signs would be placed on the expressways where the speed limits have been changed and the drivers have been instructed not to exceed the prescribed speed limits.
The expressways on which the speed limits have been altered include:
- the road from Riyadh to Al-Taif (West),
- Riyadh to Al-Taif (East),
- the Riyadh to Alqassim road (North),
- Alqassim to Riyadh (South),
- the Makkah to Madinah Highway (North),
- Makkah to Madinah Highway (South),
- Jeddah to Madinah Highway (North)
- Madinah to Jeddah Highway (South)
Al-Shuwairikh told the motorists to abide by the instructions on the placed signboards and not to exceed the defined speed limits.
The Special Forces for Road Security said that the drivers must not misuse the new increased speed limit means that the motorists should not necessarily drive at the maximum allowed limit.
The Public Security Agency would not be applying the 140kph speed limit on three main highways which include:
- The Jeddah to Makkah Highway
- Riyadh to Dammam Highway
- Madinah to Alqassim Highway
In one of the statement, the agency asked the drivers to obey by the prescribed speed limits and to practise all kinds of cautionary measures when driving on freeways, especially if the weather conditions are not good. The statement also urged the motorists to take care of their safety and the safety of other road users.