Dh400 fine for making this mistake while driving in UAE
Abu Dhabi - Police issued a notice to motorists.
The Abu Dhabi Police have posted several reminders about traffic rules, traffic safety and traffic law amendments on their social media platforms, which also includes a reminder to motorists that children 10 and under, or shorter than 145cm, cannot sit in the front passenger seat or else they will be fined Dh400.
In July last year, the UAE's federal traffic law was amended, implementing new fines and regulations across the country.
The law includes various amendments, including: a fine of Dh800 and four black points for drivers texting or using their mobile phone while driving, a fine of Dh1,500 for having window tints above 50 per cent, and a fine of Dh3,000 and 23 black points as well as 60 days of vehicle impoundment if drivers exceed the speed limit by more than 80 kilometers an hour.
Driving under the influence of alcohol will lead to a Dh20,000 fine and/or a jail term, which will be decided by court, as well as 23 black points and 60 days vehicle impoundment. Expired tyres can also land drivers a fine of Dh500 and four black points, as well as seven day vehicle impoundment.
There is also a Dh500 fine, four black points and seven day vehicle impounding for failing to drive with a valid insurance and registration. Motorists will also be fined for Dh1,000, 12 black points and vehicle impounding for a month for ignoring traffic lights.
The law also stipulates that all people in a car must wear a seatbelt and failing to do so will result in a Dh400 fine and four black points. There is also a fine of Dh3,000 and 24 black points for driving passengers commercially without permission, and a fine of Dh1,000 and six black points for crowding during accidents.
Dh1,000 fine and 6 black points will be incurred for throwing garbage on the road.
Driving on the hard shoulder can be fined Dh1,000 and given 6 black points.
Children under four years of age must also be seated in their appropriate car seat.
Residents said a penalty for drivers is the only way that will help reduce heavy noise pollution, especially during rush hours.
"The morning rush hours are the worst when it comes to drivers honking at each other," said Mohanad Mashat.
"Sometimes it feels as if these drivers are racing with each other, honking and flashing their lights to get out of the way, it's obscene, dangerous and can cause other drivers to lose their concentration," added the architect.
"I have noticed that noise pollution and road rage has significantly decreased within the past year, so I think the traffic awareness programmes and the new rules are working very well," said his wife.
Abu Dhabi Police continue to remind the public about these and more traffic amendments through their social media platforms, awareness programmes and safety initiatives.