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|
|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.