Change in UAE Traffic Laws: What You Should Know
UAE has implemented new federal regulations starting from July 1 that aims to dish out harsh penalties for people breaking the traffic laws. The new UAE traffic laws were made so as to decrease the cut road death rates by half.
The UAE traffic laws that have been put in place have higher fines as well as black points as a means to restrain and discourage people from breaking the rules.
UAE’s a paradise for motorheads, thanks to its arsenal of cars and roads that invite a person to peg the accelerator a step-down. However, going overboard in any scenario is not the best way to go about it; especially if the matter relates to UAE’s police. The Police in UAE is no less competent and provides a chase to reckless drivers in their superior vehicles and now, thanks to stronger Dubai traffic laws, will be able to deal with law breaking miscreants in a better way.
As the new rules and regulations are federal level, therefore, nobody can feign ignorance based on local laws. An important part of the new regulations is black point rules, which means that rule breaking can cost a person their driving privileges. And who would want to lose their driving privileges in the UAE, especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi?
If someone is given twenty-four black points, the person will have to relinquish their driving license as per the new UAE traffic laws. As per the Ministry of Interior, these penalties should serve to cause a decrease in the high traffic-related deaths.
The police too have been working and enforcing the new laws with more zeal. This was evident by the fact that within the first 24 hours, Dubai Police issued 1,279 fines regarding the newly updated UAE traffic laws.
In most cases, the UAE traffic laws that were broken were of blocking traffic, lane discipline, illegal parking, tailgating and finally, improper seatbelt use. The number of people who were handed the fine for the improper seatbelt usage was still less.
|Violation Type||Number of Offences Caught|
|Obstruction of Traffic||208|
|Not Providing Space B/w Vehicles(Tailgating)||66|
Most of these violations cost a person somewhere between AED 400 to AED 1,000. Although, there are violations that carry grave consequences.
UAE Traffic Laws
Let’s take a look at these laws that can cause trouble if the person isn’t following the rules:
Overspeeding is a serious offence and causes a lot of accidents in the UAE. Keeping that in mind, the new regulations propose these penalties.
Speed Above Permissible Limits
Black Point Deduction
|More than 80 km/h||3,000||23||60|
|Less than 60 km/h||1,500||6||15|
Drivers found speeding by more than 80 km/h above the permissible limit will be liable to pay a penalty of AED 3,000 along with the deduction of 23 black points. The vehicle involved will be confiscated for 60 days too.
Drivers going over the speed of 60 km/h more than the permissible limit will have to shell out AED 2,000. They will lose 12 black points and vehicles will be confiscated for the duration of 30 days.
Drivers driving at a speed of less than 60 km/h over the decided speed limit will be needed to pay AED 1,500. A deduction of 6 black points will be made apart from vehicle seizure for 15 days.
However, Dubai will still allow a 20 km/h buffer over the permissible limit, which was confirmed by the Dubai Police.
Improper Seat Belt Use
Not wearing the seat belt is taken as a serious offence and hence, driver, as well as the passengers, have to wear the seatbelt at all times in the car. Failure to do so will result in a penalty of AED 400 and four black points for the driver. Even the passengers aren’t exempt from this ruling, and they will have to pay AED 400 per passenger if the rule isn’t adhered to.
Driving in Inebriated State
Driving under the influence can cause the driver to lose the car for 90 days. Additionally, 23 black points will be deducted. And that is not the only issue as the person will be given a citation and the court will decide the monetary fine; which can go as high as AED 20,000.Driving under narcotics influence can cause immediate suspension of the license for one year and jail time. The suspension will be after the person comes from the prison. The vehicle will be seized for the period of 60 days.
If the Police feel that a person is driving in a fashion that endangers people, the person will be fined AED 2,000, and the car will be seized for 60 days.
Even a sudden swerve can lead to a penalty of AED 1,000.
Transporting strangers without proper permits is illegal in the UAE, and hence, if a person is providing a lift to a stranger, it should be noted that the individual doesn’t charge for them.
This will lead to a penalty of AED 1,000, 12 black points and 30 days vehicle seizure. For carpooling purposes that involve an exchange of money, a person will have to register for carpooling online and carry all the necessary documents within the vehicle.
Overtaking too is a troublesome issue, and anybody found doing so is liable to pay AED 1,000 and lose 6 black points.
Four of such incidents can cause a person to lose their license.
Driving Without Number Plates
For all purposes, number plates are necessary, and hence, a person driving on the UAE roads without a proper number plate will be slapped with AED 3,000 fine. And that’s not all; the person will lose 23 black points and the vehicle for 90 days.
Use of Mobile Phones
Usage of mobile phones is prohibited and will not be tolerated anyhow. People found using mobile phones will be fined AED 800, and 4 black points will be deducted additionally.
As per the newly updated UAE traffic laws, blocking traffic will lead to AED 1,000 penalty on the driver.
Drivers who jump a red light will be dealt with severely as well and will be charged AED 1,000. They will have to lose 12 black points, and the vehicle will be, seized for a duration of 30 days because of the updated UAE traffic laws.
Driving a Noisy Vehicle
Drivers who drive a vehicle that is noisy will have to pay AED 2,000 fine and will have to lose 6 black points additionally.
Drivers who don’t install child seats in the car for children aged upto four years will have to pay a penalty of AED 400 and four black points. The same amount will be levied if the children below the age of 10 sit in the front seat.
People who don’t adhere to the rule book for the necessary tinting percentage will need to cough up AED 1,500 in fine.
Drivers who fail to renew the car’s registration post expiry will have to pay AED 500 as a penalty for the offence. If the duration of expiry has exceeded three months, then the car will be confiscated for seven days.
Difference in Driving License
According to the newly updated UAE traffic laws, a person with driving license for automatic transmission should not drive a car that has a manual transmission. To enforce this, a fine of AED 400 will be applied. Even though the fine seems small, it is accompanied by 12 black points. This can cause you to lose the driving license after two occurrences.
With the necessary information, there should not be any trouble in understanding how to drive on the roads of the UAE. The UAE traffic laws will hopefully be helpful in decreasing the fatalities on the roads of the UAE.
Source: Khaleej Times