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Black Points on Driving License in Dubai

10 September 2015

Dubai being home to various nationalities, plenty of driving styles can be seen here, ranging from average to reckless driving. However, defensive and alert driving is required to avoid possibility of a mishap in Dubai. All traffic violations will lead to some form of penalty. Penalties include blackpoints or fines that you may be required to pay. Some of penalties may even involve suspension of your licence or cancellation for a period of time. Majority of the fines that are issued within Dubai are recorded with 48 hours and notifications are sent immediately.

Black point rules

Along with fines system, the Dubai Police has included black points system, to combat bad driving. The black points system has been introduced in Dubai to motivate safe driving practices. A certain number of black points will be issued against your license for a particular violation. For example, if your child below 13 years of age is allowed to sit in front seat of the car, a fine of Dh.100 may be charged apart from four black points which will be given to the driver.

If the total number of black points exceeds 24 points, you may be banned from driving any kind of vehicle for a year. Similarly, black points are charged for parking fines, driving recklessly, speeding, non-renewal of vehicle registration etc.

If Driving a Rental Car

In case you are driving a rental car, your car hire company is liable to pay the fine. Therefore, you will have to contact the car rental company, and go by their advice. In most cases, the car rental company will pay the fine and include the cost in their charges to you.

Transfer of Black Points:

Any fine or charges are charged to the vehicle, and the black points to the vehicle owner. The owner will have the option of transferring the black points to the driver who was then driving the vehicle, if required. In fact, this option of transferring black points to the driver is open to all commercial and private customers, if the driver has actually committed the violation. In case, the driver has any objection in receiving the black points, the Dubai Police can be contacted (8007777).

To transfer the black points, first visit the customer service centre along with the person who was actually driving, to declare that he was driving. Then accept the black points against his license. The registered online users can also transfer black points online.

Black Points Validity

The black points accrued will have a validity of one year. If the black points accumulated are more than 24 at any point of time, driving license will be revoked for a year. The offenders will be given a month’s time from the date of issuance of fine by the traffic department. The driver will have to sign a paper agreeing that he has indeed committed the violation, which puts legal liability on the person.

Reduce or Remove Black Points

Lately, it has been said that 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 have to pay fines to get the black points removed. But, drivers who have already received 24 points are not eligible to attend the course.

Major Traffic Violations and Fines

The Dubai Police follows stringent measures against drinking and driving. The rule clearly implies that if you have had a drink, you would better take a taxi home, or get a lift, rather than opting to driver yourself. This is because, if you fail a blood-alcohol test, you are sure to spend the night in a police cell, followed by court visits for trial. Moreover, your insurance too will be automatically cancelled.

If you are committing a traffic violation after reaching the black point limit, your driving license may be confiscated for a period of either 3 months or 6 months or 12 months. Three months confiscation is done after first traffic violation when black point limit has been reached, six month confiscation is after second traffic violation and 12 months after third traffic violation, after which, the driver is required to pass a driving course at driving school under the authority of the emirate.

RTA has announced that it will tentatively begin enforcement of automated offence reporting system against vehicles that are breaching Bus and Taxi Dedicated Lane Code from 1st January 2015 wherein a fine of Dh.600 would be charged against offending vehicles.

Speed Limits

One of the most common traffic violations committed by drivers are over-speeding. In Dubai, the speed limits are clearly indicated on road signs and they vary depending on road type. In general, the speed limits are 60 to 80kms in urban areas and 100 to 120kms on main highways and on roads leading to other emirates. However, in residential areas, the speed limits may be as low as 40kms.

You are likely to be caught for over-speeding if caught driving on a speed beyond 50kph, and in such cases, you will be given black points and a fine will be charged. The speeding fines result in black points with 12 points indicated for more than 60kph speed limit, and 6 black points for more than 50kph. However, there are no black points if driving between 0 to 50kmph above speed limit.

There are speed cameras and radars seen frequently on roads, apart from speed bumps that are indicated in yellow. In fact, it is said that there is average-speed and stopping-distance traps that have been introduced to catch speeding drivers who slow only when they notice speed cameras. Speeding fines are mostly collected on-the-spot or are collected when renewing vehicle registration.

No. Description Fine Amount
Black Points Vehicle
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
9 Jumping red light at tramway intersection 5000
9 Pedestrians crossing from undesignated places along Tramway 1000
9 Falling or leaking load 3000 21
9 Female motorists applying makeup when driving and motorists combing hair while driving 1000 12
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 10 1 month
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 6
36 Using mobile phone when stopped at traffic signal and even just holding it in hand 200 -
37 Driving on damaged tyres 200 -
38 Writing phrases/ placing stickers on vehicles without permission 200 -
39 Driving a noisy vehicle  500 - 30 Days
40 Allowing others to drive a vehicle for which they are unlicensed 500 -
41 Loading a heavy vehicle in a way that may pose danger to others or to the road 500 6 7 Days
42 Overload or protruding load from a heavy vehicle without permission 500 6 7 Days
43 Driving a vehicle that causes pollution 500 -
44 Stopping on the road for no reason 500 4
45 Stopping on a yellow box  500 -
46 Not giving pedestrians way on pedestrian crossings 500 6
47 Failure to abide by traffic signs and directions 500 -
45 Throwing waste from vehicles onto roads 500 4
48 Refusing to give traffic police name and address when required 500 -
49 Stopping vehicle on the left side of the road in prohibited places 500 -
50 Stopping vehicle on pedestrian crossing 500 - -
51 Teaching driving in a training vehicle that does not bear a learning sign 500 - -
52 Teaching driving in a non-training vehicle without permission from licensing authority 500 - -
53 Placing marks on the road that may damage the road or block traffic 500 - -
54 Operating industrial, construction and mechanical vehicles and tractors without permission from licensing authority 500 - 7 Days
55 Modifying vehicle’s engine without permission 400 - -
56 Modifying vehicle’s chasses without permission 400 - -
57 Changing vehicle’s color without permission 400 - -
58 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 10km/h 400 - -
58 Driving with a driving license issued by a foreign country except in permitted cases 400 - -
60 Violating the terms of the driving license 300 - -
61 Parking behind vehicles and blocking their movement 300 - -
62 Towing a vehicle or a boat with an unprepared vehicle 300 - -
63 Driving a vehicle that omits gases or fumes with substances exceeding permitted rates 300 - -
64 Leaving a vehicle on the road with its engine running 300 - -
65 No lights on the back or sides of trailer container 200 - -
66 Lights on the back or sides of container not working 200 - -
67 Taxis, which have designated pickup areas, stopping in undesignated places 200 4 -
68 Prohibited entry  200 4 -
69 Blocking traffic  200 - -
70 Vehicle unfit for driving  200 - 7 Days
71 Driving a light vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions 200 - 7 Days
72 Not lifting exhaust of trucks  200 - 7 Days
73 Not covering loads of trucks  3000 - 7 Days
74 Using vehicle for purposes other than designated 200 4 7 Days
75 Heavy vehicle prohibited entry  200 4 7 Days
76 Violating loading or unloading regulations in parking 200 4 7 Days
77 Carrying and transporting passengers illegally 200 4 7 Days
78 Writing phrases or placing stickers on vehicle without permission 200 - -
79 Not taking road safety measures during vehicle breakdowns 200 -
80 Turning at undesignated points  200 4
81 Turning the wrong way  200 4
82 Loading a light vehicle in a way that may pose a danger to others or to the road 200 3 7 Days
83 Overload or protruding load on light vehicles without permission 200 3 7 Days
84 Stopping vehicle without keeping the distance specified by the law from a curve or junction 200 -
85 Transporting passengers by vehicle undesignated for this purpose 200 4
86 Sudden swerve  200 4
87 Driving a taxi without required license 200 4
88 Carrying passengers in driving training vehicle 200 4
89 Driving a taxi with an expired warranty 200 -
90 Reversing dangerously  200 -
91 Taxi refusing to carry passengers  200 4
92 Using interior lights for no reason when driving 100 -
93 Not carrying driving license when driving 100 -
93 Not carrying vehicle registration card when driving 100 -
95 Broken indicator lights 100 2
96 Using horn in a disturbing way 100 2
97 Opening left door of taxi 100 3
98 Not securing vehicle while parked  200 -
99 Non-renewal of vehicle registration 25 monthly (for light vehicles), 12 monthly (motorcycle) -
100 Obscene hand gestures - - 1 month
101 Private vehicles using dedicated bus/taxi lanes in Dubai 600 - -
102 Parking in prohibited places  200 2 -
103 Parking in loading and offloading areas without need 200 - -

For any queries about fines and black points, you can call the RTA Call Centre at 8009090 or the Dubai Police at 8007777 or visit any RTA Customer Service Centers in Dubai. Else, you can also check online at www.rta.ae or www.dubaipolice.gov.ae. To receive instant free notification, provide your vehicle information details and driver information required therein. You can also view the fine payment history online by visiting the RTA website, or calling the call centre. However, a valid visa / commercial license are a must for any RTA service / transaction.

Some Tips to Avoid Fines

  • First of all, stick to the speed limits. Although, 10 to 20 kmh deviation is unlikely to be fined, it is better not to rely on this to avoid risk.
  • Do not drink and drive, and this goes without saying.
  • If in a metered parking zone, pay at the meter. Check for expiry of the time on the ticket and set an alarm on your phone so that you don't forget.
  • It is better to keep a Bluetooth or hands free kit or a head piece in case you need to answer an emergency call when driving. If you use your handset, you are sure to get fined.
  • Using your seat belt is imperative for safety, and you can get caught if you are not wearing it.
  • Never ever jump a red light, as it is highly dangerous and carries severe penalties.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries