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New Rules and Fines for Traffic Violations in the UAE from July 1, 2017

Elena Schildgen

Author: Elena Schildgen
Senior Partner Lawyer.

Guiding Principle
Following the amendment of the UAE Federal Traffic Law No. 21/1995 by Ministerial Decree No. 177/2017 and No. 178/2017 a new set of traffic rules was introduced and is effective as per July 1st, 2017. In addition to increasing fines for previously existing violations such as using mobile phones, speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs new regulations were introduced i.e.

  • Mandatory use of children car seats for children below the age of 4;
  • Ban for Children below the age of 10 to be seated in the front seat;
  • Mandatory use of seat belts for all passengers;
  • Permitted degree for tinted car windows set at 50% (except the front windshield);
  • Daily penalty of AED 50 for non-collection of vehicle after confiscation.

Please see the full list below:

List of Fines for Traffic Violations valid as of July 1st, 2017

 

Description

Fines amounts

Black Points

Vehicle Confiscation Period

1

Driving dangerously (racing)

2000

12

30 Days

2

Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or similar  
substances

Decided by court

24

60 Days

3

Driving a vehicle without number plates

1000

24

60 Days

4

Causing death of others

Decided by court

12

30 Days

5

Not stopping after causing an accident that resulted in   injuries

Decided by court

24

60 Days

6

Reckless driving

2000

12

30 Days

7

Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 60km/h

1000

12

30 Days

8

Driving in a way that is dangerous to the public

1000

12

30 Days

9

Jumping a red light

800

8

15 Days

10

Running away from a traffic policeman

800

12

30 Days

11

Dangerous overtaking by trucks

800

24

60 Days

12

Causing a car to overturn

Decided by court

8

13

Causing serious injuries

Decided by court

8

14

Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 60km/h

900

6

15

Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 50km/h

800

16

Overtaking on the hard shoulder

600

6

17

Entering road dangerously

600

6

18

Causing moderate injury

Decided by court

6

19

Heavy vehicle lane discipline

600

6

20

Overtaking from a prohibited place

600

6

21

Causing serious damage to a vehicle

Decided by court

6

22

Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 40km/h

700

23

Parking in fire hydrant places, spaces allocated for people   with
special needs and ambulance parking

1000

4

24

Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 30km/h

600

25

Driving against traffic

400

4

26

Allowing children under 10 years old to sit in the front seat   of
a vehicle

400

4

27

Failure to fasten seat belt while driving

400

4

28

Failure to leave a safe distance

400

4

29

Failure to follow the directions of a traffic policeman

400

30

Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 20km/h

500

31

Entering a road without ensuring that it is clear

400

4

32

Exceeding permitted level of car window tinting

500

30 Days

33

Not giving way to emergency, police and public service   vehicles
or official convoys

500

4

34

Driving a heavy vehicle that does not comply with safety and  
security conditions

500

30 Days

35

Failure to stop after causing an accident

500

36

Driving a noisy vehicle

500

30 Days

37

Allowing others to drive a vehicle for which they are   unlicensed

500

38

Loading a heavy vehicle in a way that may pose danger to   others
or to the road

500

6

7 Days

39

Overload or protruding load from a heavy vehicle without  
permission

500

6

7 Days

40

Driving a vehicle that causes pollution

500

41

Stopping on the road for no reason

500

4

42

Stopping on a yellow box

500

43

Not giving pedestrians way on pedestrian crossings

500

6

44

Failure to abide by traffic signs and directions

500

45

Throwing waste from vehicles onto roads

500

4

46

Refusing to give traffic police name and address when required

500

47

Stopping vehicle on the left side of the road in prohibited  
places

500

48

Stopping vehicle on pedestrian crossing

500

49

Teaching driving in a training vehicle that does not bear a  
learning sign

500

50

Teaching driving in a non-training vehicle without permission  
from licensing authority

500

51

Placing marks on the road that may damage the road or block  
traffic

500

52

Operating industrial, construction and mechanical vehicles and  
tractors without permission from licensing authority

500

7 Days

53

Modifying vehicle’s engine without permission

400

54

Modifying vehicle’s chasses without permission

400

55

Changing vehicle’s color without permission

400

56

Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 10km/h

400

57

Driving with a driving license issued by a foreign country  
except in permitted cases

400

58

Violating the terms of the driving license

300

59

Parking behind vehicles and blocking their movement

300

60

Towing a vehicle or a boat with an unprepared vehicle

300

61

Driving a vehicle that omits gases or fumes with substances  
exceeding permitted rates

300

62

Leaving a vehicle on the road with its engine running

300

63

No lights on the back or sides of trailer container

200

64

Lights on the back or sides of container not working

200

65

Taxis, which have designated pickup areas, stopping in  
undesignated places

200

4

66

Prohibited entry

200

4

67

Blocking traffic

200

68

Vehicle unfit for driving

200

7 Days

69

Driving a light vehicle that does not comply with safety and  
security conditions

200

7 Days

70

Not lifting exhaust of trucks

200

7 Days

71

Not covering loads of trucks

3000

7 Days

72

Using vehicle for purposes other than designated

200

4

7 Days

73

Heavy vehicle prohibited entry

200

4

7 Days

74

Violating loading or unloading regulations in parking

200

4

7 Days

75

Carrying and transporting passengers illegally

200

4

7 Days

76

Writing phrases or placing stickers on vehicle without  
permission

200

77

Not taking road safety measures during vehicle breakdowns

200

78

Turning at undesignated points

200

4

79

Turning the wrong way

200

4

80

Loading a light vehicle in a way that may pose a danger to  
others or to the road

200

3

7 Days

81

Overload or protruding load on light vehicles without   permission

200

3

7 Days

82

Stopping vehicle without keeping the distance specified by the  
law from a curve or junction

200

83

Transporting passengers by vehicle undesignated for this   purpose

200

4

84

Sudden swerve

200

4

85

Driving a taxi without required license

200

4

86

Carrying passengers in driving training vehicle

200

4

87

Driving a taxi with an expired warranty

200

88

Reversing dangerously

200

89

Taxi refusing to carry passengers

200

4

90

Falling or leaking load

3000

12

30 Days

91

Not securing vehicle while parked

200

92

Parking in prohibited places

200

2

93

Parking in loading and offloading areas without need

200

94

Parking on road shoulder except in cases of emergency

200

95

Using multi-colored lights

200

96

Not wearing helmet while driving motorbike

200

4

97

Exceeding passenger limit

200

3

98

Driving with tires in poor condition

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200

7 Days

99

Driving with an expired driving license

200

3

100

Not renewing vehicle registration after expiry

400

101

Driving unlicensed vehicle

200

7 Days

102

Violation of laws of using commercial number plates

200

103

Not fixing number plates in designated places

200

2

104

Driving with one number plate

200

2

105

Driving at night or in foggy weather without lights

200

4

106

Using not matching number plates for trailer and container

200

107

Not fixing reflective stickers at the back of trucks and heavy  
vehicles

200

108

Not using indicators when changing direction or turning

200

3

109

Not giving way for vehicles to pass on the left

200

110

Not giving way to vehicles coming from the left where required

200

111

Stopping a vehicle in a way that may pose danger or block  
traffic

200

3

112

Failure to have vehicle examined after carrying out major  
modification to engine or body

200

7 Days

113

Using training vehicles outside of timings specified by  
licensing authority

200

114

Using training vehicles in places not designated by licensing  
authority

200

115

Overtaking from the right

200

4

116

Overtaking in a wrong way

200

3

117

Driving an unlicensed vehicle

200

7 Days

118

Abuse of parking space

200

3

119

Number plates with unclear numbers

200

3

120

Violating tariff

200

6

121

Light vehicle lane discipline

200

2

122

Parking vehicles on pavement

200

3

123

Not showing vehicle registration card when required

200

124

Not showing driving license when required

200

125

Not fixing taxi sign where required

200

126

Not fixing a sign indicating licensed overload

200

3

127

Using interior lights for no reason while driving

100

128

Failure to abide by specified color for taxis or training cars

200

129

Failure to display tariff of buses or taxis or not showing   them
when required

200

130

Broken lights

200

6

131

Using horn in prohibited areas

200

2

132

Driving below minimum speed limit

200

133

Failure to keep taxis and buses clean inside and outside

200

134

Smoking inside taxis and buses

200

135

Using hand-held mobile phone while driving

200

4

136

Not abiding by taxi drivers obligatory uniform or not keeping   it
in good condition

100

137

Calling on passengers in the presence of signs

100

138

Not displaying truck’s load on both sides

100

139

Not carrying driving license while driving

100

140

Not carrying vehicle registration card while driving

100

141

Driving without spectacles or contact lenses

100

142

Not using interior light in buses at night

100

143

Broken indicator lights

100

2

144

Using horn in a disturbing way

100

2

145

Having no red light at the back of vehicle

100

146

Opening left door of taxi

100

3

147

Pedestrians crossing from undesignated places (If any existed)

200

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