Dubai traffic fines: What happens if you are unable to clear them

Here's what you can do to pay off outstanding penalties

By Ashish Mehta

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Published: Sun 10 Apr 2022, 10:31 AM

Last updated: Sun 10 Apr 2022, 9:49 PM

Question: I am a resident of Dubai. I have some outstanding traffic fines that I am unable to pay. My vehicle renewal is due in three months. What happens if I am not able to clear the fines?

Response: Pursuant to your queries, if an individual does not pay the traffic fines in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) may not renew the registration of his or her vehicle. In the event a case is transferred to the Traffic Prosecution of Dubai, it may allow the person to pay the fine in instalments or waive the fine, at the request of the person who has defaulted.

The Dubai Police recently introduced the Fines Instalment Services, which allows drivers to pay off their traffic fines in interest-free, monthly instalments. They can choose between a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month instalment plan. Any resident who has a bank account in the country can benefit from the service. The minimum value of the violations must be Dh5,000.


Ashish Mehta is the founder and Managing Partner of Ashish Mehta & Associates. He is qualified to practise law in Dubai, the United Kingdom and India. Full details of his firm on: Readers may e-mail their questions to: or send them to Legal View, Khaleej Times, PO Box 11243, Dubai.

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