Over 1,200 drivers fined in first 24 hours of new Dubai driving laws
Over 1,200 drivers have been fined since Dubai implemented its new federal traffic law this past Saturday, July 1.
According to a detailed report published by local newspaper Gulf News, the most common fine issued within the first 24 hours of implementing decree No. 178 was given to drivers obstructing the flow of traffic. The AED1,000 fine was issued 208 times.
Lane discipline came second with 125 fines and illegal parking came in a close third with 98 traffic fines issued in just 24 hours.
With regards to new laws (lane discipline, obstruction of traffic flow and illegal parking, are not new fines, but the penalty fee has increased), just three fines were issued to drivers who failed to ensure that their passengers have fastened their seat belts.
“It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure his passengers are wearing seatbelt, otherwise he can be fined Dh400 for every passenger not putting a seatbelt and 4 traffic points too,” the Director of Dubai Police’s Traffic Department, Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui told Gulf News.
If you’re unfamiliar with the new driving rules, here’s what you need to know.
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.