The United Arab Emirates is a country that welcomes individuals from all over the world and is a melting pot of many cultures. The country’s cosmopolitan nature necessitates a standard set of traffic laws that must be scrupulously adhered to to create seamless and smooth traffic conditions.
New rules and restrictions have been implemented following the revision of the UAE’s federal traffic laws. While mandated auto insurance in the UAE assures motorist safety, federal traffic laws help to improve the safety of both motorists and pedestrians.
Here we are enlisting the following UAE Traffic Laws:
You must never forget to wear a seat belt
This practice is mandatory for both driver and passengers to wear a seat belt. If found violating this law you will be charged a 400 AED fine with the 4 black points on your record.
Mobile Phone Use Prohibition
When behind the wheel, drivers must not use their cell phone, including texting. If a driver is caught using a cellphone, they will be fined AED 800 and have four black points on their license.
Speeding in Contravention of the Speed Limit
If a driver exceeds the prescribed speed limit by 60 kilometers per hour, he will be fined AED 2000, receive 12 black points, and have his vehicle impounded for 30 days.
- If a driver breaches the speed limit by 80 kilometers per hour, he will be fined AED 3000, receive 32 black points, and have his vehicle impounded for 60 days.
- If a driver exceeds the speed limit by 59 kilometers per hour, he will be fined AED 1500, will receive 6 black points, and his vehicle will be impounded for 15 days.
- A driver will be fined AED 1000 if he breaches the speed limit by 49 kilometers per hour beyond the stated limit.
- A driver will be fined AED 700 if he breaches the speed limit by 39 kilometers per hour beyond the prescribed limit.
- A driver will be fined AED 600 if he breaches the speed limit by 29 kilometers per hour beyond the prescribed limit.
- A driver will be fined AED 300 if he breaches the speed limit by 19 kilometers per hour over the stated speed limit.
Driving While Intoxicated
If a driver is caught driving while inebriated, he will be fined AED 20,000 and/or imprisoned for a period determined by the court. In addition, the driver will receive 23 points and the vehicle will be impounded for 60 days.
If a driver is caught driving a vehicle with expired tyres, he will be fined AED 500, receive four black points, and the car will be impounded for a week.
A fine of AED 1,500 will be imposed if a driver drives a vehicle with window tints that have a tint density of more than 50%.
- Noise Pollution: Driving a vehicle that causes noise pollution will result in a fine of AED 2,000 and 6 black points.
Driving without Valid Documents
If a driver drives a car without valid registration and insurance, he or she will be fined AED 500, receive four black points, and have their vehicle impounded for seven days.
Disobeying Traffic Laws
A driver who disobeys traffic laws will be fined AED 1,000, receive 12 black points, and have their vehicle impounded for 30 days.
Crowding Accident Sites
A driver who stops to examine an accident site will be fined AED 1,000 and given six black points.
Driving Passengers Without a Permit
A driver who carries passengers for commercial purposes without a permit faces a fine of AED 3,000 and 24 points.
- A punishment of AED 1,000 and four black points will be imposed if a driver changes course abruptly.
- Not Claiming an Automobile: A charge of AED 50 will be imposed if a car owner fails to claim his or her vehicle after the confiscation time has expired.
Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance
A driver who fails to maintain a safe distance behind another vehicle will be fined AED 400 and receive four black points.
Reckless Driving; Endangering Others’ Lives
A driver who drives recklessly and endangers the lives of others will be fined AED 2,000, receive 23 black points, and have their vehicle seized for 60 days.
Abu Dhabi Traffic Fines List
No Violation Fine Black Points 1 Driving dangerously (racing). 2000 12 2 Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or similar substances. Decided by court 24 3 Driving a vehicle without number plates. 1000 24 4 Causing death of others. Decided by court 12 5 Don’t stop after causing an accident that results in injuries. Decided by court 24 6 Reckless driving. 2000 12 7 Maximum Speed limit exceeding 60 kmph. 1000 12 8 Driving in a way that endanger civilians. 1000 12 9 Jumping a red light. 800 8 10 Running away from a traffic policeman. 800 12 11 Dangerous overtaking by trucks. 800 24 12 Causing a car to overturn. Decided by court 8 13 Causing serious injuries. Decided by court 8 14 Maximum speed limit Exceeding by not more than 60km/hr. 900 6 15 Maximum speed limit Exceeding by not more than 50km/hr. 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 Maximum speed limit Exceeding by not more than 40km/hr. 700 23 Parking at fire hydrant areas, special needs areas and ambulance parking. 1000 4 24 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 30km/hr. 600 25 Driving against traffic. 400 4 26 Allow children under the age of 10 to sit in the front seat of the car. 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 the policeman. 400 4 30 Maximum speed limit Exceeding by not more than 20km/hr. 500 31 Entering a road without ensuring that it is clear. 400 4 32 Exceeding permitted level of car window tinting. 500 33 Not giving way to emergency, official convoys, police vehicles or public service vehicles. 500 4 34 Driving a heavy vehicle which does not meet the safety and security conditions. 500 35 Failure to stop after causing an accident. 500 6 36 Driving a noisy vehicle. 500 37 Allowing others peoples to drive a vehicle for which they are unlicensed. 500 38 Loading a heavy vehicle in a way that endangers others or the road. 500 6 39 Unauthorized heavy vehicle overload or overload. 500 6 40 Driving a vehicle which causes pollution. 500 41 Stopping on the road without any reason. 500 4 42 Stopping on a yellow box. 500 43 Don’t give way to pedestrians. 500 6 44 Failure to comply with traffic signals and directions. 500 45 Throwing trash from vehicles onto roads. 500 4 46 Refusal to give name and address to traffic police if required. 500 47 Stop at a restricted area on the left side of the road. 500 48 Stopping at a pedestrian crossing. 500 49 Teaching driving in a training vehicle with no sign of learning. 500 50 Drive training in a non training vehicle without permission of licensing authority. 500 51 Marking a road that could damage the road or block traffic. 500 52 Operation of industrial, construction and mechanical vehicles and tractors without the permission of the Licensing Authority. 500 53 Changing car engine or modifying without permission. 400 54 Modifying vehicle chassis without permission. 400 55 Changing vehicle color without permission. 400 56 Maximum speed limit Exceeding by not more than 10km/hr. 400 57 Driving with a driver’s license issued from a foreign country, except in cases permitted. 400 58 Violation of driving license terms. 300 59 Parking behind vehicles and stopping their movement. 300 60 Pulling a vehicle or boat out of the vehicle without preparation. 300 61 Driving a vehicle that emits gases or fumes with substances in excess of the permitted rates. 300 62 Leaving the car on the road with its engine switched on. 300 63 No lights installed on the back or sides of trailer container. 200 64 The lights on the back or sides of the container are not working. 200 65 Taxis, which have designated pick-up areas, are stopping at designated areas. 200 4 66 Prohibited entry. 200 4 67 Blocking traffic. 200 68 Vehicle unfit for driving. 200 69 Driving a light vehicle that does not meet with safety and security conditions. 200 70 Not lifting exhaust of trucks. 200 71 Not covering loads of trucks. 3000 72 Using a vehicle for other purposes than designated. 200 4 73 Heavy vehicle prohibited entry. 200 4 74 Violation of loading or unloading regulations in the parking lot. 200 4 75 Carrying and transporting passengers illegally. 200 4 76 Writing sentences or putting stickers on the car without permission. 200 77 Do not take road safety measures during vehicle breakdown. 200 78 Turning at undesignated points. 200 4 79 Turning the wrong way. 200 4 80 Loading a light vehicle in a way that could endanger others or the road. 200 3 81 Overload or stretched load on light vehicles without permission. 200 3 82 Stopping a vehicle without having to cover the distance from curves or junctions by law. 200 83 Transporting passengers by a vehicle which undesignated for this purpose. 200 4 84 Sudden swerve. 200 4 85 Without required license driving a taxi. 200 4 86 Carrying passengers in a 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 91 Not securing vehicle while parked. 200 92 Parking in prohibited places. 200 2 93 Unnecessary parking in loading and unloading areas. 200 94 Roadside shoulder parking except for emergencies. 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. 200 99 Driving with an expired driving license. 200 3 100 Not renewing vehicle registration after expiry. 400 101 Driving unlicensed vehicle. 200 102 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 un-matching number plates for trailers and containers. 200 107 Not fixing any reflective stickers on backs of trucks and heavy vehicles. 200 108 Not using indicators while changing direction or turning. 200 3 109 Not giving way for a vehicles to pass on the left. 200 110 Not giving a way to a vehicles which coming from the left where required. 200 111 Stopping the vehicle in a way that endangers or obstructs traffic. 200 3 112 Failure to inspect vehicle after making major changes to engine or body. 200 113 Use of training vehicles outside the hours prescribed by the Licensing Authority. 200 114 Use of training vehicles in places not specified by license. 200 115 Overtaking from the right. 200 4 116 Overtaking in a wrong way. 200 3 117 Driving an unlicensed vehicle. 200 118 Abuse of specified parking space. 200 3 119 Number plates with obscure numbers. 200 3 120 Violating tariff. 200 6 121 Light vehicle lane discipline. 200 2 122 Parking vehicles on pavement. 200 3 123 Not show vehicle registration card if required. 200 123 Not showing driving license when it is 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 disclose bus or taxi tariffs or do not disclose them if required. 200 130 Broken lights. 200 6 131 Using horn in prohibited areas. 200 2 132 Below the minimum speed limit driving. 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 Do not adhere to the uniform required by taxi drivers or keep it in good condition. 100 137 Calling on passengers in presence of signs. 100 138 Not displaying truck’s load on both sides. 100 139 Not carrying driving license while driving. 100 140 Driving without vehicle registration card. 100 141 Driving without glasses or contact lenses. 100 142 Not use indoor lighting on buses at night. 100 143 Broken indicator lights. 100 2 144 Using horn in a disturbing way. 100 2 145 No red light on the back of the car. 100 146 Opening left door of taxi. 100 3 147 Pedestrians are passing through unspecified places (if any).
For further information, You can visit Abu Dhabi Police website.
To Sum It Up
You are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of other motorists and pedestrians when you are behind the wheel. The laws are in place to apprehend the criminals and safeguard the safety of other road users.