Dubai taxi drivers can be fined AED400 if you don't wear a seatbelt
Following the introduction of decree No. 178, all Dubai taxi drivers have been granted the permission not to start their meter until all passengers have fastened their seatbelt.
The decision to allow drivers to do so comes after a number of taxi drivers expressed their concern about receiving a AED400 fine per passenger found not wearing a seatbelt.
The Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Operational Affairs at the Dubai Police and Director of Federal Traffic Council Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen told Gulf News that: “Taxi drivers should be aware that all passengers need to wear the seatbelt. If a passenger refuses, the driver has the right to not move the vehicle until the passenger complies.”
He added: “The driver is the captain of the vehicle and he must control everything inside. Taxi drivers can persuade passengers even in the rear seats to wear the seatbelt. Otherwise, they will be fined.”
While, ultimately, it is the driver who will be fined, Major-General Al Zafeen stated that police officers must first warn the passengers before issuing the AED400 fine.
With regards to those travelling with children under the age of four, Major-General Al Zafeen stated that the Dubai Police is currently working with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to ensure that all taxis are fitted with at least one baby seat.
“We will speak with RTA to provide child seats in taxis in Dubai and will see if this suggestion works. These child seats need to be placed in the trunk of the car so that it can be used at the time of need,” he told Gulf News.
If you’re unfamiliar with the new driving rules, here are a few that you need to know about.
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.