Loud car radio, excesive tinting: 12 UAE traffic fines you could get for vehicle-related violations

Some violations are serious enough to warrant vehicle confiscation


Sahim Salim

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Published: Tue 20 Sep 2022, 6:52 AM

Last updated: Wed 9 Nov 2022, 12:09 PM

Vehicles are a prized possession in the UAE. The overall automotive market in the country recorded a 9.3 per cent growth in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.

However, vehicles are a responsibility, too. Drivers are required to abide by all relevant traffic laws. There are several laws governing the use of vehicles in the UAE, with fines and black points defined for major violations. Some violations are serious enough to warrant vehicle confiscation.

Here is all you need to know:

  • Using the horn or the vehicle radio in a disturbing way: Dh400 fine, 4 black points
  • Using a mobile phone or being distracted by anything while driving: Dh800 fine, 4 black points
  • Allowing children aged under 10 or shorter than 145cm to sit in the front seat of a vehicle: Dh400 fine
  • Not fixing child seats for children aged under 4 in the vehicle: Dh400 fine
  • Driver or any of the passengers not fastening the seat belt: Dh400 fine, 4 black points
  • Driving a vehicle that does not comply with the security and safety measures: Dh500 fine
  • Writing phrases or placing stickers on vehicles without permission: Dh500 fine
  • Exceeding the permitted percentage of tinting: Dh1,500 fine
  • Modifying the vehicle’s engine or the chassis without permission: Dh1,000; 12 black points and 30-day vehicle confiscation
  • Driving with expired tyres: Dh500 fine, 4 black points, 7-day vehicle confiscation
  • If the lights of the vehicle are not working: Dh400 fine, 6 black points
  • Changing vehicle’s colour without permission: Dh800 fine


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