Dh1,000 fine, six black points for hard shoulder driving in UAE
Drivers caught blocking emergency vehicles now also face Dh1,000 fine plus four black points.
Special warning for motorists driving on hard shoulder
The Abu Dhabi traffic authorities issued fresh warning for motorists, driving on the hard shoulder as they block way for emergency vehicles.
According to the police, blocking or not giving way to ambulances or other emergency vehicles is an uncivilized behaviour, causing delay in reaching accident or fire scenes to save lives. Police added that 97 cases of drivers not giving way to emergency vehicles were recorded in 2016.
"Drivers put suffering people's lives in danger by not giving way to ambulances. They should move out of the way and let emergency teams pass to reach quickly to patients or accident victims," police stated.
The Ministry of Interior in July issued new traffic amendments wherein the fine for driving from the hard shoulder was increased from Dh600 to Dh1,000 with six black points against the errant drivers. Their cars are seized for a period of 30 days. While drivers caught blocking emergency vehicles will be fined Dh1,000 plus four black points.
The Abu Dhabi Police said that several awareness campaigns to educate the people about the need to give way to ambulances and how to respond to provide first aid to those who may get injured or fall ill have been launched.
Know fines for errant driving
Hard shoulder driving will attract is Dh1,000 fine plus six black points. Drivers caught blocking emergency vehicles now also face Dh1,000 fine plus four black points. Their cars are seized for a period of 30 days.
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