UAE To Increase Fines For Certain Road Violations July 1

To further protect road users from reckless drivers, the United Arab Emirates will impose increase fines for certain road violations effective July 1.

While some of the fines have been increased, the amendment to the Federal Traffic Law reduces the number of traffic laws in the country to 120 from the original 147; 19 are new laws while 29 others have been merged.

Violation Fine Black Points Additional Penalty
1 Exceeding speed limit by not more than 20 kph AED300    
2 Exceeding speed limit by not more than 50 kph AED1,000    
3 Exceeding speed limit by not more than 60 kph AED1,500 6  
4 Exceeding speed limit by more than 60 kph AED2,000 12  
5 Exceeding speed limit by more than 80 kph AED3,000 23  
6 Jumping the red sinal for light vehicles AED1,000 12 Confiscation for 30 days
7 Unjustified parking AED1,000 6  
8 Texting or using mobile while driving AED800 4  
9 Not using car seat for children under 4 years AED400    
10 Overtaking from hard shoulder AED1,000 6  
11 Riding recreational bikes on roads AED3,000   Confiscation for 90 days
12 Truckers overtaking from right side AED3,000   License suspension for one year

One of the new laws in place is the requirement of car seats for children under the age of four. Motorists who fail to abide by this law will be subject to a fine of AED400. Another is riding recreational bikes on roads.

According to Major General Saif Al Zafeen, director of the Dubai Traffic Prosecution Council and Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police Operations, said that the doubling of penalties is not aimed at just slapping fines on people, but to protect lives of road users. He added that the most frequent violations causing deaths are sudden deviation and speeding along with poor vehicle maintenance.

Among the laws that have been merged were reckless driving and driving the vehicle in a way that poses danger. He justified the rise in fines for phone driving and texting as they are found to be causing more accidents.