The General Traffic Department (GTD) said motorists as of Tuesday, May 12, 2015, can use the left shoulder from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm provided the speed limit for those driving on the ‘shoulder’ does not exceed 45 kph, reports a local daily. However, the GTD said this facility is available only on six specific highways — the King Abdulaziz, King Fahd, King Faisal, Al-Ghazali Street, the Sixth Ring Road and Sheikh Zayed Expressway. According to the GTD increase in one lane will facilitate the smooth flow of traffic, especially during peak periods which has now become throughout the day.
The traffic sector said those exceeding 45 kph on the shoulder lane will be detected by the surveillance camera and punished according to the law. In this regard, the Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs at the Ministry of Interior Major-General Abdullah Al-Muhanna announced preparations are underway to allow motorists to use the left shoulder of the road from Tuesday on the designated highways. Al-Muhanna said the shoulder lane is specially designed for ambulances and rescue teams but can be used by motorists only during peak hours and only meant to ease pressure during traffic congestion.