Team shortlist18 Jul 2017 AT 09:36 AM

Dubai traffic fines down by 37 percent

Swerving and tailgating named two of the most common fines issued
Team shortlist18 Jul 2017 AT 09:36 AM
Traffic fines, Dubai Police
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Traffic fines, Dubai Police
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Traffic fines, Dubai Police
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A new report issued by the Dubai Traffic Police indicates that the number of traffic fines in Dubai have dropped by as much as 37 percent since Decree No.178 was implemented just 17 days ago.

According to the report, the Dubai Police issued 59,777 traffic fines in the first week of July this year, which is significant decrease when compared to the 94,964 fines issued in the first week of July last year.

Speaking on the news, the chairman of the Federal Traffic Council and assistant commander-in-chief of Dubai Police Major General Mohammed Al Zafeen told The National that he expected a gradual drop in all road offences and more commitment by motorists.

“The recent amendments to traffic rules will entrench a traffic culture that will gradually become part of motorists’ daily habits,” he said. 

He added that he expects the negative driving behaviour to disappear within the next few months.

Al Zafeen also advised the public to pay their fines while discounts on fines in Dubai apply.

Of the fines issued, the most common included not driving within the correct lane, parking incorrectly, driving with passengers not wearing seat belts and not leaving a safe distance between vehicles.

Sudden swerving, tailgating and blocking traffic were also listed as three of the most common fines issued since July 1, 2017.

If you’re unfamiliar with the new driving rules, here are a few that you need to know…

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. The penalty extends to those travelling taxis as well.

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.

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