Dubai – The UAE government has announced new amendments to the Federal Traffic Law and these amendments will be effective from July 1, 2017.
It is stated that new driving licences in the country shall be issued only for a period of two years. Validity of driving licence has also been reduced to five years compared to 10 year before for expatriates. UAE nationals’ driving licence validity will remain 10 years.
According to a ministerial decree issued by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, expatriates are required to have a valid residence permit for the renewal of licences.
Published in the Official Gazette amending the executive regulations of Federal Law No. 21 of 1995 regarding traffic regulations, the decree has introduced stricter traffic laws for drivers in the country.
The licensing authority will coordinate with the competent health authorities in the country to provide reports about people who have diseases affecting their ability to drive.
The new law rules out use of any kind of motorised bicycles or three-wheelers without proper registration and licence, with the final word on the type of vehicle being the licensing authority and the local authority in the emirate.
It is stated that drivers passing by residential areas, hospitals or educational institutions are to take utmost care in maintaining speeds so as to not cause any disturbances.
The drivers of public transport vehicles and vehicles transporting school students must stop only at the authorised places to let passengers and students embark and disembark. Drivers of all other vehicles must stop at a minimum distance of five metres when the side stand arms of these buses are open.
Motorists can allow children over the age of 10 or above 145cm length to sit in the front seats while on the road. They are obliged to provide car seats for children aged four years or less in the rear seats.