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New Traffic Law 2017

06 July 2017

The UAE’s amended traffic law got effective on 1st July 2017. The new traffic law is believed to reduce the number of casualties on the roads. Although the law seems harsher with tough punishments for dangerous offences, it is aimed at making roads safer.

Other changes that are likely to improve road safety are higher fines for higher speeds, confiscation of vehicles for various offences, black points, etc.

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These are the latest regulations, fines and black points for a wide range of traffic violations.

  • The new traffic law mandates that children below the age of four should be given a child seat, and compulsory buckling up of all passengers.
  • Providing child seat and compulsory buckling up of passengers is the responsibility of drivers.  Failure to fasten seat belt will cost the driver Dh.400 apart from four black points.
  • Usage of phones or other distractions when driving will lead to a fine of Dh.800 and four black points.
  • Reckless driving can lead to confiscation of vehicle for 60 days, a fine of Dh.2000 and 23 black points.
  • Jumping the red light can lead to confiscation of vehicle for 30 days, a fine of Dh.1000 and 12 black points.
  • Driving a vehicle with expired registration and insurance will lead to confiscation of vehicle for 7 days, fine of Dh.500, and four black points.
  • In case of speeding (more than 80kph), fines can go upto Dh.3000, with 23 black points, and confiscation of vehicle for 60 days.

Apart from these, various other penalties have been introduced, with the police patrols across the country ready to implement regulations strictly. The Traffic Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi announced that they have already begun implementing the amended federal traffic law.

Penalty for over-speeding:


More than 80kph (overspeed limit)

Dh.3000, 23 black points, confiscation of vehicle for 60 days

More than 60kph

Dh.2000, 12 black points and confiscation for 30 days

Less than 60kph

Dh.1500, 6 black points and confiscation for 15 days

Less than 50 kph

Dh.1000

Less than 40kph

Dh.700

Less than 30kph

Dh.600

Less than 20kph

Dh.300


Reckless Driving



Driving vehicle in a manner endangering the lives of road users

Dh.2000, 23 black points and confiscation for 60 days.

Driving vehicle without number plates

Dh.3000, 23 black points and confiscation for 90 days

Sudden swerving

Dh.1000, 4 black points

Blocking traffic

Dh.1000, 6 traffic points

Jumping red signal

Dh.1000, 12 traffic points, confiscation for 30 days.

Driving under influence


Driving vehicle under influence of alcohol

Dh.20,000, and/or imprisonment as decided by the court, 23 black points and confiscation for 60 days

Driving vehicle under influence of drugs or similar substances

Fine and imprisonment as decided by the court, confiscation for 60 days, suspension of license for a year at the end of jail term.

Distractions

Using phone when driving or other distractions

Dh.800 and 4 traffic points


Safety and Technical


Failure to fasten seat belt when driving

Dh.400 and 4 black points

Expired tyres

Dh.500 and 4 black points and confiscation for 7 days

Driving without valid insurance/registration

Dh.500, 4 black points, confiscation for 7 days

Exceeding permitted level of 50 percent car window tinting

Dh.1500

Driving noisy vehicle

Dh.2000 and 6 black points

Transporting passengers illegally

Dh.3000, 24 black points and confiscation for 30 days

Behaviour


Throwing garbage when driving

Dh.1000 and 6 black points

Using quad-bike on road

Dh.3000 nd confiscatrion for 90 days

Not maintaining safe distance between vehicles

Dh.400, 4 traffic points

Overtaking on the hard shoulder

Dh.1000 and 6 black points

Jaywalking

Dh.400

Robin Vinod

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

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