UAE residents to pay more fines for breach of traffic regulations
March 26, 2017

In order to ensure safety of all UAE residents, the Government has recently introduced several amendments to the Federal traffic laws. One of the most significant amendments is the obligation for passengers to wear seat belts. Passengers will face fines for failing to wear seat belts. Until today, only drivers were fined Dh400 and got four black points for failing to fastening seat belts. The new provisions also provide that children up to four years of age must sit in special child seats.

In addition to the above, the new law now allows children aged ten and above to sit in the front seat, upon the condition that they are at least 145 cm tall. Prior to the amendment, children under ten 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 four black points.

New provisions have also been introduced regarding illegally carrying/transporting passengers. Such activity now draws a fine of Dh3,000 (up from Dh200), twenty-four black points instead of four black points, and the vehicle will be impounded for one-month instead of seven days. In general, traffic laws now provide a minimum of Dh50 and maximum Dh3,000 fine for failing to collect vehicle after the end of the impoundment period.

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