Accidents and deaths on the UAE’s roads are down.
The number of road traffic deaths in the UAE has fallen by 34.2 per cent in five years.
Sadly a total of 712 people died in 2014. This fell to 468 in 2018, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Interior.
Serious traffic accidents decreased by 24.1 per cent, down from 4,895 in 2014 to 3,712 in 2018.
That’s despite a “significant” increase in the number of vehicles on the nation’s roads.
The UAE has a target of cutting road deaths to three per 100,000 of the population by 2021.
More traffic control and penalties for drivers who break the rules are behind the improvements, the Ministry told government news agency Wam.
A black points scheme punishes law-breaking motorists with penalties, vehicle impoundment and even imprisonment. Drivers who accumulate 24 black points will face having their licences revoked, and will be obliged to attend a driving course to re-qualify.
More good news: We’ve ranked first globally in road quality for five consecutive years, from 2014-2018, according to the Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum.
Here’s an easy way to check if you have accrued some traffic fines: in July the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) launched a WhatsApp service that allows motorists to track and pay penalties.
There’s also an ongoing scheme to discount fines for drivers who keep a clean sheet.