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Dh400, 4 black points for playing loud music in vehicles in UAE

Ahmed Shaaban /Abu Dhabi Filed on December 15, 2019 | Last updated on December 15, 2019 at 10.05 am
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Motorists urged to follow traffic rules while driving.

How helpless did you feel when you were jolted out of your sleep or faced disturbance due to blaring music emanating from a vehicle near your apartment! Now, you can report such a nuisance to the police and get the guilty booked.
A fine of Dh400 and four black points will be slapped on any driver found playing loud music or producing roaring, blasting sound from their vehicles, the Abu Dhabi Police have warned.

The warning comes following a number of complaints about noisy drivers lodged by the people, particularly living in residential areas.

"Some drivers perform drifting and road stunts after adding illegal accessories to their vehicles to show off and for fun, turning blind eye to the irritation they cause to the public," the police pointed out.

As per Article 20 of the federal traffic law, a fine of Dh2,000 and 12 black traffic points are imposed on any motorist involved in driving a noisy vehicle.
"This illegal practice annoys other drivers and scares road users and residents living nearby."

The police have said that they will never tolerate such nuisance. "The public is urged to report any such illegal practice to toll free no. 999 so the department can take action against the erring drivers."

Honking is uncivil

Honking for no reason and amplifying horn in a noisy way is also banned, the police warned. "These practices actually tarnish the civilised image of the city."

Honking is banned by hospitals and schools, the police underlined. "Some drivers keep honking to force other motorists to clear the way and that sometimes ends in road rage, distraction, and crashes."

Racing on public roads and near residential areas also poses a grave risk to road users' life, they pointed out.

"Erring drivers involved in such risky and scary driving are penalised with a fine of Dh2,000 and 23 black points, and 60-day vehicle impoundment, apart from community service instead of jail term."

Vocal about noise

People are gradually becoming vocal about loud drivers. They are making the right noise and want themselves to be heard.

When late night motorbikers produced roaring sounds, Ahmad Jamil's little children sat up in their bed - scared and frightened. Jamil, a Syrian resident living in Abu Dhabi, said: "These bikers apparently compete in making more noise. They pass by my apartment every night and leave us disturbed. I really do have an issue with them and want that action should be taken against these bikers." 

Sherif Al Wakil, an Egyptian resident, told Khaleej Times that he moved out from an apartment on the main road because of the roaring cars. "Some careless drivers play loud music and honk annoyingly late at night."

Abdul Hafeez Jamal, a Palestinian resident, said the police here are making huge efforts, but "some drivers and motorbikers do not care and are hellbent on bothering people."

"I would recommend that anyone involved in these scary and annoying practices should not only be fined, but rather referred to court for legal action."



Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.

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