Drivers alert: New traffic rules, fines introduced in UAE

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Staff Report

Dubai – With the aim to make the UAE’s road safer, the government has introduced new amendments to federal traffic laws.

Passengers will be fined for not wearing seat belts, while children up to four years of age must sit in special child seats. Children aged 10 and above can now sit on the front seat, but they must be at least 145 cm tall.

New rules

– Children up to 4 years of age must be seated in special child seats

– Children aged 10 and above can sit in the front seat, but they must be at least 145 cm tall. Earlier, children under 10 years old were not allowed to sit in the front seat of a vehicle and the offense would draw a fine of Dh400 along with 4 black points.

– Illegally carrying/transporting passengers now draws a fine of Dh3,000 (up from Dh200), 24 black points instead of 4 black points, and the vehicle will be impounded for one-month instead of seven days.

– Along with drivers, now even passengers will face fines for failing to wear seat belts.

Until today, drivers were fined Dh400 and got 4 black points for failing to fastening seat belts.

– Dh3,000 fine and 90-day impoundment for riding a tricycle or quad bikes on public roads.

– A minimum of Dh50 and maximum Dh3,000 fine for failing to collect vehicle after the end of the impoundment period.

– Black points shall only be cancelled 12 months after payment of fine.