Cough up Dh500 fine for fixing broken-down car on road in UAE

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on October 20, 2020 | Last updated on October 20, 2020 at 05.57 pm
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The cars that develop mechanical flaws have to be towed away from the roads and taken to garages where they must be repaired.

Those repairing their broken-down cars on the roads may have to shell out a fine of Dh500, UAE prosecutors have warned.

In their routine public awareness messages on Twitter, the Federal Public Prosecution cautioned drivers against fixing vehicles, which develop mechanical snag, on the roads, while stating that such an act is a violation of traffic law.

"It is prohibited to park a vehicle with mechanical problem, or leaving some of its parts or any other machinery on the road or on the pavement, with the intention to fix them from there unless when the repair is just temporary and does not obstruct traffic safety. This is according to Article No. 42 of Federal Law No. 21 of 1995 regarding traffic and with amendments by Federal Law No. 12 of 2007," pointed out prosecutors.

The cars that develop mechanical flaws have to be towed away from the roads and taken to garages where they must be repaired.
Authorities also urged motorists, involved in minor accidents which have not resulted in injuries, to remove their vehicles from the road in order to avoid traffic obstruction and reduce congestion.

Motorists keeping their vehicles in the middle of the road after minor accidents could lead to more traffic mayhem and accidents. After minor accidents, many curious drivers passing by stop their vehicles in undesignated places to see or film what is happening - and such rubbernecking leads to traffic jams, said traffic authorities.

The fine for leaving the car in the middle of the road after a minor crash is Dh500, according to Ministerial Resolution No. (178) of 2017.

'Stop' sign means complete halt

The Abu Dhabi Police issued a separate statement on Tuesday warning drivers about the dangers of not adhering to the 'stop' signs or (yellow box) at road intersections. The penalty for not completely halting on the stop line or yellow box junction is Dh500.
The warning is part of the 'Police's Safety Trail' campaign.

According to the police, failure to completely halt at the 'stop' signs or yellow box at the intersections may cause traffic congestion and serious collisions. Drivers were also told to always be observant and check for signs on the approach to intersections.
Police urged motorists to abide by all traffic rules to maintain safety on the roads. 




Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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