Dubai: 28 reasons why your car could be confiscated by the police

To ensure safety, police have put in place three types of penalties – fines, black points and vehicle confiscation – for violating traffic laws of the emirate

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Waheed Abbas

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Published: Wed 27 Dec 2023, 6:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 19 Jan 2024, 12:41 PM

Dubai’s population has been steadily growing, reaching nearly 3.653 million in December 2023. This has resulted in more vehicles on the road - 3.9 million as of September 2023, as per the emirate’s toll gate operator Salik. These vehicles made 437 million trips during the first 9 months of 2023 through the Salik gates.

Amidst growing traffic, Dubai Police run road safety campaigns time and again to raise awareness among motorists. To ensure the safety of residents and pedestrians, police have put in place three types of penalties – fines, black points and vehicle confiscation – for violating traffic laws of the emirate. Vehicles are confiscated for serious violations, ranging between 7 days to 90 days.

Below is the list of 28 violations listed by Dubai Police which could result in your vehicles being confiscated:

NoViolationDuration
1Driving a vehicle without a number plate90 days
2Using a leisure bike (three-wheel or more) on the road90 days
3Driving in a way that poses danger to the driver's life, and others' safety 60 days
4Driving in a way that poses danger to the drivers life or lives, and the safety of others60 days
5Driving in a way that harms public or private property60 days
6Driving under the influence of alcohol60 days
7Diving under the influence of narcotic, psychotropic or similar substances60 days
8Causing the death of others60 days
9A heavy vehicle driver failing to stop after causing a minor accident60 days
10Causing a serious accident or injuries30 days
11Beating a red light30 days
13Exceeding the maximum speed limit by more than 60kmph30 days
14Exceeding the maximum speed limit by more than 80kmph30 days
15Running from a policeman30 days
16Not giving way to emergency, police and public services vehicles or official convoys30 days
17Modifying engine or chassis without permission30 days
18Transporting passengers illegally30 days
19Transporting inflammable or hazardous materials without permission30 days
20Exceeding the maximum speed limit by less than 60kmph15 days
21Participating in a motorcade without permission15 days
22Expired tyres7 days
23Exceeding the passenger limit in a transport vehicle7 days
24Driving a car against traffic7 days
25Driving a vehicle without insurance7 days
26Driving an unlicensed vehicle7 days
27A light vehicle driver failing to stop after causing a minor accident7 days
28Illegal use of commercial number plates 7 days

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