Changes to Dubai traffic laws come into effect this July
From July 1 of this year, drivers will face stricter penalties for incidents such as speeding, dangerous overtaking and not wearing seat belts
The amended Federal Traffic laws were approved by the Ministry of Interior and announced by Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Head of the Traffic Prosecution Council and Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police Operations in the Official Gazette earlier this year.
Under decree No.178, drivers caught without number plates will face an AED3,000 fine, 23 black points and will have their cars confiscated for 90 days.
Those caught driving noisy vehicles (cars that have had the sound of their exhaust and engine enhanced and those caught blasting music) face a fine of up to AED2,000 and will have six black points added to their license.
Drivers caught without seatbelts will be penalised with a fine of AED400 and four black points. The driver will be fined the same amount for each passenger caught without a seatbelt.
Other changes include higher penalties for speeding.
Drivers caught exceeding the maximum speed limit by 80kmph will be slapped with AED3,000 fine, 23 black points and will have their car confiscated for 60 days.
Drivers caught exceeding the maximum speed limit by 60kmph will be given AED2,000 fine, 12 black points and will have their car impounded for 30 days.
Drivers who exceed the speed limit by less than 60kmphr will face a fine of AED1,500 and will receive six black points and will have their car impounded for 15 days.
People caught driving above the speed limit by 50, 40, 30 and 20kmph will receive a cash fine of AED1000, AED700, AED600 and AED300 respectively.
The decree, however, does not mention any fines as a result of eating or drinking whilst driving.
In an attempt to clarify rumours that claimed that drivers caught eating would face a financial penalty, the Dubai Police tweeted that while it is not “prohibited” it is discouraged.