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Black points on driving license in Dubai

Dubai, being home to several nationalities, plenty of driving styles can be witnessed here, ranging from save to average to downright reckless. However, defensive and alert driving is necessary to avoid possibility of a mishap in Dubai. Driving rules vary from one place to another. Therefore, it is important to known the local laws when driving in Dubai.

Black Point System Rules

In order to combat bad driving, the Dubai Police has a black points system in place, along with the fines system. A certain number of black points will be issued against your license for a particular violation. For instance, if you permit a child below 10 years of age to sit in the front seat of a car, Dh.100 fine and four black points will be given to the driver. If the number of black points exceeds 24 points, you will be banned from driving any vehicle for a year. Similarly, there are black points for parking fines, speeding, driving recklessly, non-renewal of vehicle registration, and so on.

The Dubai Police has very stringent rules against drinking and driving. This implies that if you have had a drink, it is better that you take a taxi home, or take a lift, rather than driving yourself. This is because, if you fail a blood-alcohol test, you may find yourself spending a night in a police cell, followed by trial in Dubai Courts. In addition, your insurance too will be automatically made void.

If driving a rental car:

If you have been driving a rental car, your car hire company will have to pay the fine. Therefore, you will have to contact the car rental company for advice. In majority of the cases, the car rental company will pay the fine, and include the cost in their charges to you.

Transfer of black points:

At present, all fines and fees are charged to the vehicle, and the black points are usually issued to the vehicle owner, irrespective of who was driving the vehicle. The owner will have the option to either transfer the black points to the driver who was driving the vehicle. All commercial and private customers have the option of transferring black points to the driver who actually committed the violation. If the driver who received the black points has any objection, then the Dubai Police will have to be contacted (Tel: 8007777).

To transfer your black points, you will have to visit the customer service centre along with the person who was actually driving to declare that he was driving, and accept the black points against his license. In case you are an registered online user, you can also transfer black points online.

Black points validity:

However, the black points accrued will have a validity of only one year. If the black points accumulated are more than 24 at any point of time, the driving license may be revoked for a year.

The system offers offenders a month’s time from the date of issuance of fine at the traffic department. The person who claims that he was driving, will have to sign an undertaking agreeing that he has committed the violation, which puts a legal liability on the person.

It is said that lately, the Dubai Police are giving offenders an opportunity to remove up to eight black points from their license by attending four lecture courses on road safety. They will also have to pay fines to get the points removed. However, drivers who have already received 24 points cannot attend the course.

Speed Limits

In Dubai, speed limits are clearly indicated on road signs and vary depending on road type. In general, the speed limits are 60 to 80 Km in urban areas and 100-120 km on main highways and on roads leading to other emirates. However, in residential areas, the speed limits can be as low as 40 kms.

Speed cameras and radars are frequently found and speed bumps are indicated in yellow. Speeding fines are mostly collected on-the-spot, or are paid when renewing vehicle registration.

Black points are given if you are caught driving over 50kph, in which case, there will be black points and fine charged. It is also said that average-speed and stopping-distance traps were introduced recently to catch speeding drivers who slow down only when they see speed cameras.

For enquiries regarding fines and black points, contact:

Call RTA Call Centre at 8009090 or Dubai Police at 8007777

Visit any RTA Customer Service Centers in Dubai

Check online at www.rta.ae or www.dubaipolice.gov.ae.

Check at Emirates or Dubai Islamic Bank ATM.

To receive instant free notification SMS or emails, log on to the website www.dubaipolice.gov.ae and provide your vehicle information details, and driver information required therein. Majority of fines issued within Dubai are recorded within 48 hours and notifications are sent immediately. Even fin payment history can be viewed by visiting www.rta.ae or by calling the Call Centre at 8009090. However, please note that for any RTA service or transaction, you should have a valid visa/ commercial license.

List of Black points for traffic offences in Dubai, UAE

Here's the latest list of black points and fines that may be imposed for traffic offences in Dubai:

No. Description Fine Amount
Dhs.
Black Points Vehicle
Confiscation
Period
1 Driving dangerously (racing) 2000 12 30 Days
2 Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or similar substances Decided by court 24 60 Days
3 Driving a vehicle without number plates 1000 24 60 Days
4 Causing death of others Decided by court 12 30 Days
5 Not stopping after causing an accident that resulted in injuries Decided by court 24 60 Days
6 Reckless driving 2000 12 30 Days
7 Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 60km/h 1000 12 30 Days
8 Driving in a way that is dangerous to the public 1000 12 30 Days
9 Jumping a red light 800 8 15 Days
10 Running away from a traffic policeman 800 12 30 Days
11 Dangerous overtaking by trucks 800 24 60 Days
12 Causing a car to overturn Decided by court 8 -
13 Causing serious injuries Decided by court 8 -
14 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 60km/h 900 6 -
15 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 50km/h 800 - -
16 Overtaking on the hard shoulder  600 6 -
17 Entering road dangerously  600 6 -
18 Causing moderate injury  Decided by court 6 -
19 Heavy vehicle lane discipline  600 6 -
20 Overtaking from a prohibited place 600 6 -
21 Causing serious damage to a vehicle Decided by court 6 -
22 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 40km/h 700 - -
23 Parking in fire hydrant places, spaces allocated for people with special needs and ambulance parking 1000 4
24 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 30km/h 600 -
25 Driving against traffic  400 4
26 Allowing children under 10 years old to sit in the front seat of a vehicle 400 4
27 Failure to fasten seat belt while driving 400 4
28 Failure to leave a safe distance  400 4
29 Failure to follow the directions of a traffic policeman 400 -
30 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 20km/h 500 -
31 Entering a road without ensuring that it is clear 400 4
32 Exceeding permitted level of car window tinting 500 - 30 Days
33 Not giving way to emergency, police and public service vehicles or official convoys 500 4
34 Driving a heavy vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions 500 - 30 Days
35 Failure to stop after causing an accident 500 -
36 Driving a noisy vehicle  500 - 30 Days
37 Allowing others to drive a vehicle for which they are unlicensed 500 -
38 Loading a heavy vehicle in a way that may pose danger to others or to the road 500 6 7 Days
39 Overload or protruding load from a heavy vehicle without permission 500 6 7 Days
40 Driving a vehicle that causes pollution 500 -
41 Stopping on the road for no reason 500 4
42 Stopping on a yellow box  500 -
43 Not giving pedestrians way on pedestrian crossings 500 6
44 Failure to abide by traffic signs and directions 500 -
45 Throwing waste from vehicles onto roads 500 4
46 Refusing to give traffic police name and address when required 500 -
47 Stopping vehicle on the left side of the road in prohibited places 500 -
48 Stopping vehicle on pedestrian crossing 500 - -
49 Teaching driving in a training vehicle that does not bear a learning sign 500 - -
50 Teaching driving in a non-training vehicle without permission from licensing authority 500 - -
51 Placing marks on the road that may damage the road or block traffic 500 - -
52 Operating industrial, construction and mechanical vehicles and tractors without permission from licensing authority 500 - 7 Days
53 Modifying vehicle’s engine without permission 400 - -
54 Modifying vehicle’s chasses without permission 400 - -
55 Changing vehicle’s color without permission 400 - -
56 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 10km/h 400 - -
57 Driving with a driving license issued by a foreign country except in permitted cases 400 - -
58 Violating the terms of the driving license 300 - -
59 Parking behind vehicles and blocking their movement 300 - -
60 Towing a vehicle or a boat with an unprepared vehicle 300 - -
61 Driving a vehicle that omits gases or fumes with substances exceeding permitted rates 300 - -
62 Leaving a vehicle on the road with its engine running 300 - -
63 No lights on the back or sides of trailer container 200 - -
64 Lights on the back or sides of container not working 200 - -
65 Taxis, which have designated pickup areas, stopping in undesignated places 200 4 -
66 Prohibited entry  200 4 -
67 Blocking traffic  200 - -
68 Vehicle unfit for driving  200 - 7 Days
69 Driving a light vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions 200 - 7 Days
70 Not lifting exhaust of trucks  200 - 7 Days
71 Not covering loads of trucks  3000 - 7 Days
72 Using vehicle for purposes other than designated 200 4 7 Days
73 Heavy vehicle prohibited entry  200 4 7 Days
74 Violating loading or unloading regulations in parking 200 4 7 Days
75 Carrying and transporting passengers illegally 200 4 7 Days
76 Writing phrases or placing stickers on vehicle without permission 200 - -
77 Not taking road safety measures during vehicle breakdowns 200 -
78 Turning at undesignated points  200 4
79 Turning the wrong way  200 4
80 Loading a light vehicle in a way that may pose a danger to others or to the road 200 3 7 Days
81 Overload or protruding load on light vehicles without permission 200 3 7 Days
82 Stopping vehicle without keeping the distance specified by the law from a curve or junction 200 -
83 Transporting passengers by vehicle undesignated for this purpose 200 4
84 Sudden swerve  200 4
85 Driving a taxi without required license 200 4
86 Carrying passengers in driving training vehicle 200 4
87 Driving a taxi with an expired warranty 200 -
88 Reversing dangerously  200 -
89 Taxi refusing to carry passengers  200 4
90 Falling or leaking load  3000 12 30 Days
91 Not securing vehicle while parked  200 -
92 Parking in prohibited places  200 2 -
93 Parking in loading and offloading areas without need 200 - -
94 Parking on road shoulder except in cases of emergency 200 - -
95 Using multi-colored lights 200 - -
96 Not wearing helmet while driving motorbike 200 4 -
97 Exceeding passenger limit  200 3 -
98 Driving with tires in poor condition 200 7 Days
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99 Driving with an expired driving license 200 3 -
100 Not renewing vehicle registration after expiry 400 -
101 Driving unlicensed vehicle  200 7 Days
102 Violation of laws of using commercial number plates 200 -
103 Not fixing number plates in designated places 200 2 -
104 Driving with one number plate 200 2 -
105 Driving at night or in foggy weather without lights 200 4 -
106 Using not matching number plates for trailer and container 200 - -
107 Not fixing reflective stickers at the back of trucks and heavy vehicles 200 - -
108 Not using indicators when changing direction or turning 200 3 -
109 Not giving way for vehicles to pass on the left 200 - -
110 Not giving way to vehicles coming from the left where required 200 - -
111 Stopping a vehicle in a way that may pose danger or block traffic 200 3 -
112 Failure to have vehicle examined after carrying out major modification to engine or body 200 - 7 Days
113 Using training vehicles outside of timings specified by licensing authority 200 - -
114 Using training vehicles in places not designated by licensing authority 200 - -
115 Overtaking from the right  200 4 -
116 Overtaking in a wrong way  200 3 -
117 Driving an unlicensed vehicle  200 - 7 Days
118 Abuse of parking space 200 3 -
119 Number plates with unclear numbers 200 3 -
120 Violating tariff  200 6 -
121 Light vehicle lane discipline 200 2 -
122 Parking vehicles on pavement  200 3 -
123 Not showing vehicle registration card when required 200 - -
124 Not showing driving license when required 200 - -
125 Not fixing taxi sign where required 200 - -
126 Not fixing a sign indicating licensed overload 200 3 -
127 Using interior lights for no reason while driving 100 - -
128 Failure to abide by specified color for taxis or training cars 200 - -
129 Failure to display tariff of buses or taxis or not showing them when required 200 - -
130 Broken lights  200 6 -
131 Using horn in prohibited areas  200 2 -
132 Driving below minimum speed limit 200 - -
133 Failure to keep taxis and buses clean inside and outside 200 - -
134 Smoking inside taxis and buses  200 - -
135 Using hand-held mobile phone while driving 200 4 -
136 Not abiding by taxi drivers obligatory uniform or not keeping it in good condition 100 - -
137 Calling on passengers in the presence of signs 100 - -
138 Not displaying truck’s load on both sides 100 - -
139 Not carrying driving license while driving 100 - -
140 Not carrying vehicle registration card while driving 100 - -
141 Driving without spectacles or contact lenses 100 - -
142 Not using interior light in buses at night 100 - -
143 Broken indicator lights  100 2 -
144 Using horn in a disturbing way  100 2 -
145 Having no red light at the back of vehicle 100 - -
146 Opening left door of taxi  100 3 -

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