As the amended UAE traffic laws come into force in July, here is a quick refresher on what you need to know, plus some extra advice for seriously safe driving.
The rules that you need to remember:
- Everyone in the car, including those in the back seat, are required to wear seatbelts at all times. Failure to comply will result in a AED 400 fine for each person not wearing a seatbelt, plus four black points for the driver.
- Car seats are now mandatory for children less than four years old.
- Drivers distracted by mobile phones will face a AED 800 fine and four black points
- Failing to stop at a red light for light vehicles will result in a AED 1,000 fine, 12 black points and 30-day car confiscation.
- AED 3,000 fine awaits individuals driving a car sans a number plate plus 23 black points and 90-day vehicle confiscation.
- Driving a heavy vehicle that endangers lives, harms public or private properties, jumping the red light and causing his or another vehicle to overturn will result to AED3,000 fine and license to be suspended for a year.
- Overtaking on the hard shoulder will incur AED 1,000 fine and six black points. Tailgaters, AED 400 and four black points.
- Heavy vehicle not following lane discipline will net AED 1,500 and 12 black points.
- Driving a heavy vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions will incur a penalty of AED 2,000 and six black points.
- A hefty AED 1,000 fine and six black points await drivers who don’t give way to police, ambulance and official vehicles.
- Entering road dangerously will net AED 600 fine and six black points.
- Causing death of others will incur 23 black points, 60-day car suspension and penalty to be decided by court.
- AED 1,000 fine will be meted to drivers plus 16 black points for failing to stop after causing an accident that resulted in injuries with a heavy vehicle.
- Exceeding permitted level of car tinting carries AED 1,500 fine.
- Driving a vehicle that causes pollution will earn AED 1,000 fine and six black points.
- There’s a AED 500 fine and six black points for not giving way at a pedestrian crossing.
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol face a penalty to be determined by the court, 23 black points and 90-day vehicle confiscation.
- Teaching driving in a non-training vehicle without permission from licensing authority has AED 500 fine.
- Modifying a vehicle’s engine without permission carries AED 1,000 fine, 12 black points and 30-day car confiscation.
- Drivers under influence of drugs or similar substances will get their license suspended for a year plus 60-day vehicle confiscation and penalty to be decided by court.
- Driving recklessly and endangering others is subject to a AED 2,000 fine, 23 black points and 60-day car confiscation.
- Littering on the road is an automatic AED 1,000 fine plus six black points.
- Not using indicators when changing direction or turning will be fined AED 400.
- Not fixing reflective stickers at the back of trucks and heavy vehicles carries AED 500 fine.
- AED 500 fine and four black points will be slapped for driving at night or in foggy weather without lights.
- Driving expired tires? Get ready to shell out AED 500 and earn four black points and seven-day vehicle confiscation.
- Exceeding passenger limit gets AED 500 fine, four black points and seven-day car confiscation.
- Not wearing helmet while driving motorbike will get AED 500 fine and four black points.
- Parking illegally costs AED 500 in fine.
- AED 200 fine will be meted for parking in loading and offloading areas.
- Taxi drivers refusing to take passengers will be fined AED 200 with four black points.
- Driving on lanes designed for taxis or buses will be fined AED 400.
- Sudden swerving will cost AED 1,000 and four black points.
- Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 80km/hr for light vehicles carry AED 3,000, 23 black points and 60-day vehicle confiscation.
- Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 60km/hr – AED 2,000, 12 black points and 30-day car confiscation.
- Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 60km/hr will be fined AED 1,500, six black points and 15-day car confiscation.
- Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 50km/hr will incur AED 1,000 fine.
- Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 40km/hr – AED 700
- Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 30km/hr – AED 600
- Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 20km/hr – AED 300.
Why you need to remember then?
Apart from saving you from huge fines and potentially losing your licence/car, observing the new laws could could potentially save hundreds of lives each year.
Across the UAE in 2016, 725 people were killed in traffic accidents, up from 675 the year before. That’s an average of two a day.
In addition to following the rules, carrying an emergency kit could be a lifesaver. Essential items include reflective warning triangles, a fire extinguisher, tyre gauge, jumper cables, flashlight, extra batteries and gloves.
These can be bought at automobile workshops, hardware stores like ACE and online channels such as Souq.com. A first-aid kit containing plasters, adhesive tape, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, cream or ointment and a pain reliever like aspirin or paracetamol is also
a good idea.