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Here’s what you need to know about Dubai’s seatbelt laws



Tougher laws on wearing seatbelts were brought in on July 1, meaning that you could be fined AED400 for not buckling up. The driver will also be fined for each passenger who does not have a seatbelt on. But according to Dubai Police, the fine for passengers can only be issued by a Police Officer, and not a roadside radar.

Also, it’s likely that people will receive a warning the first time that they are caught. Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafein spoke to Gulf News to explain: “We want people to follow traffic instructions, not to collect more amount of money. As the new traffic law is now live, our police officers will first warn the passengers who are not wearing seat belts in the backseat before issuing a fine. The fine must be in the presence of a policeman, not in absentia.”

He also explained why drivers will be issued a fine if the passengers in their car aren’t buckled up. “Drivers are responsible for their passengers, they need to ask them to wear seat belts or the driver will be fined. The driver is the captain of the vehicle and he is responsible for making the passengers also follow traffic instructions — not only him,” he said.

The law was approved by Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior earlier this year.

According to previous reports, Dubai Police found that many parents believed that simply having children in the back protected them in an accident, however, it’s hoped that the new law will stress that this is not the case.

This now makes it the driver’s responsibility to ensure that all passengers are wearing a seatbelt at all times whilst in their vehicle.

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