New UAE traffic law: All traffic violations, fines and black points

Did you know that there are over 200 different fines you could get on the roads in the UAE?

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Here is a complete list of every single possible fine you could get while driving in the UAE. 


Texting and driving is just one of the common offences reported by Dubai Police. If you're a motorist in the UAE, it's important to know the penalties which are applied for all traffic violations.



Updated traffic fines as of July 1, 2017 

 Violation Fine Black Points Vehicle confiscated / Days
1Driving under the influence of alcoholMaximum fine of Dh20,000 or Jail 2360
2Driving under the influence of drugs or similar  substances. Decided  by court License to be suspended for 1 year from the date of punishment completion60
3Driving a vehicle without number plates. Dh30002390
4Driving a heavy vehicle in a way that endangers his or other people’s lives, harms public or private properties, jumping the red light, causing his or another vehicle to overturnDh3000License to be suspended for 1 year  
5Heavy vehicle not abiding by lane discipline. Dh150012 
6Driving a heavy vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions. Dh20006 
7Loading a heavy vehicle in a way that may cause danger to others or to the road. Dh20006 
8Entering road dangerously. Dh6006 
9Causing death of others. Decided  by court 2360
10Not stopping after causing an accident that resulted in injuries with a light vehicle.Dh50087
11Not stopping after causing an accident that resulted in injuries with a heavy vehicle.Dh100016 
12Failure for light vehicle  to stop after causing an accident Dh50087
13Failure for heavy vehicle  to stop after causing an accident Dh100016 
15Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 80km/hr for light vehiclesDh30002360
14Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 60km/hr. Dh20001230
25Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 60km/hr. Dh1500615
26Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 50km/hr. Dh1000   
29Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 40km/hr. Dh700   
31Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 30km/hr. Dh600   
37Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 20km/hr. Dh300   
17Driving in a way that endangers peopleDh20002360
18Jumping a red light for light vehicles Dh10001230
19Jumping a red light for motor bikesDh800430
20Running away from a traffic policeman in a light vehicleDh8001230
21Running away from a traffic policeman in a heavy vehiclesDh100016 
22Dangerous overtaking by heavy vehicles where it's prohibitedDh3000 1 year
23Causing a car to overturn by heavy vehiclesDh30001 year license suspension 
24Causing serious injuries. Decided  by court 2330
27Overtaking on the hard shoulder. Dh10006 
28Overtaking from a prohibited place. Dh600  
30Parking in fire hydrant places, spaces allocated for people with special needs and ambulance parking. Dh10006 
32Driving against traffic. Dh6004 
33Allowing children under 10 years old or shorter 145 cm to sit in the front seat of a vehicle. Dh400  
34Failure to fasten seat belt while driving for all passengers.Dh4004 
35Failure to leave a safe distance. Dh4004 
36Failure to follow the directions of the policeman. Dh4004 
38Entering a road without ensuring that it is clear. Dh4004 
39Exceeding permitted level of car window tinting. Dh1500   
40Not giving way to emergency, police and public service vehicles or official convoys. Dh10006 
41Driving a noisy vehicle. Dh20006 
42Allowing others to drive a vehicle for which they are unlicensed. Dh500  7
43Overload or protruding load from a heavy vehicle without permission. Dh300012 
44Driving a vehicle that causes pollution. Dh10006 
45Stopping on the road for no reason. Dh10006 
46Stopping on a yellow box. Dh500   
47Not giving pedestrians way on  pedestrian crossings. Dh5006 
48Failure to abide by traffic signs and directions. Dh500   
49Throwing waste from vehicles onto roads. Dh10006 
50Stopping vehicle on the left side of the road in prohibited places. Dh1000   
51Stopping vehicle on pedestrian crossing. Dh500   
52Teaching driving in a training vehicle that does not bear a learning sign. Dh500   
53Teaching driving in a non training vehicle without  permission from licensing authority. Dh500   
54Placing marks on the road that may damage the road or block traffic. Dh500   
55Operating industrial, construction and mechanical vehicles and  tractors  without permission Dh500  7
56Modifying vehicle’s engine without permission. Dh10001230
57Changing vehicle’s color without permission. Dh800   
59Driving with a driving license issued by a foreign country except  in permitted cases. Dh400   
61Parking behind vehicles and blocking their movement. Dh500   
62Towing a vehicle or a boat with an unprepared vehicle. Dh1000   
64No lights on the back or sides of trailer container. Dh4002 
65Lights on the back or sides of container not working. Dh4006 
66Taxis, which have designated pickup areas, stopping in  undesignated places. Dh5004 
67Prohibited entry of heavy vihicles Dh10004 
68Blocking trafficDh1000  6
69Vehicle unfit for driving. Dh500  7
70Driving a light vehicle that does not comply with safety and  security conditions. Dh200  7
71Not lifting exhaust of trucks. Dh1500   
72Not covering loads of trucks. Dh3000   
74Heavy vehicle prohibited entry. Dh10004 
75Violating loading or unloading regulations in parking. Dh10004 
76Carrying and transporting passengers illegally. Dh30002430
77Writing phrases or placing stickers on vehicle without permission. Dh500   
78Not taking road safety measures during vehicle breakdownsDh500   
79U turn from undesignated areas of incorrectlyDh5004 
80Loading a light vehicle in a way that may pose a danger to others  or to the road. Dh5004 
81Stopping vehicle without keeping the distance specified by the law from a curve or junction. Dh500   
82Transporting passengers by vehicle undesignated for this purpose. Dh10004 
83Sudden swerve. Dh10004 
84Driving on lanes meant for buses or taxisDh400  
85Driving a taxi without required license. Dh2004 
86Carrying passengers in driving training vehicle. Dh2004 
87Driving a taxi with an expired warranty. Dh200   
88Reversing dangerously. Dh4004 
89Taxi refusing to carry passengers. Dh2004 
90Parking illegallyDh500  
91Parking in loading and offloading areas Dh200   
92Parking on the left hand shoulder of road in prohibited areasDh1000   
93Parking without securing the carDh500  
94Using multi-colored lights. Dh200   
95Not wearing helmet while driving motorbike. Dh5004 
96Exceeding passenger limit. Dh50047
97Expired tiresDh50047
98Driving with an expired registrationDh50047 (if registration expired more than 3 months ago)
99Driving unlicensed vehicle. Dh5 00   
100Violation of laws of using commercial number plates. Dh500  7
101Light vehicle dropping or spilling loadDh500  
103Driving with one number plate or faded numbers on plate Dh400  
104Driving at night or in foggy weather without lights. Dh5004 
106Not fixing reflective stickers at the back of trucks and heavy vehicles. Dh500   
107Not using indicators when changing direction or turning. Dh400  
108Not giving way for vehicles to pass on the left. Dh400   
113Overtaking dangerouslyDh6006 
114Driving an unlicensed vehicle. Dh50047
119Parking vehicles on pavement. Dh400  
129Driving below minimum speed limit. Dh400   
131Using hand-held mobile phone while driving or being distracted in any wayDh8004 
138Using horn in a disturbing way. Dh4004 
140 Failure to hand over a driving license when the maximum black points are accrued in the first traffic violationDh1000  
141 Failure to hand over a driving license when the maximum black points are accrued in the second traffic violationDh2000  
142Failure to hand over a driving license when the maximum black points are accrued in the third traffic violation Dh3000  
143Failure to pick up confiscated car once the confiscation period is over Dh50 a day maximum of Dh3000  
144 Failure to pick up confiscated heavy vehicle once the confiscation period is over Dh100 a day, maximumDh3000  
145Overloading a light vehicle Dh5004 
146Driving school vehicles in times and areas that are prohibited Dh400  
147Teaching someone to drive in a car that is not labelled as learning vehicle, or teaching without a license Dh500  
148Not presenting a learners permitDh300  
149Broken or absence of back or sidelights on the tow truckDh5004 
150Participating in a motorcade without a permit Dh500415
151Pedestrian’s failure to abide by signals, or crossing from undesignated areas Dh400  
152Schoolbus driver failing to activate the stop sign or abide by traffic instructions Dh5006 
153Driver failing to stop when the bus drivers activates the stop sign. Dh100010 
154Using a leisure bike with three or more wheels Dh3,000 90
155Transporting inflammable ale or dangerous materials without permission Dh3,0002460
156Failutre to take safety precautions when the car breaks downDh500  
157Failure to get the car technically tested after any major engine or Shasi modifications Dh400  
158Broken Car lights Dh4006 
159Disregarding policeman’s instructionsDh4004 
160Failure to fix chid seats for children under 4 years Dh400  
161Faulire to give priority to emergency , police and protocol vehicles  Dh10006 
162Stopping at Zebra crossingsDh500  
163Stopping vehicles and road turns Dh500  
164Parking in a way without securing the carDh500  
165Parking on pavements Dh400  
166Writing or posting on the vehicle without a permit Dh500  
167Faiure to abide by traffic signs Dh500  
168Literring from vehicle windows while driving  Dh10006 
169Rubber neck and crowds at the scenes of traffic accident Dh1000  
170Driving a heavy vehicle dangerously in a way that endangers his or other people’s livesDh3,000 License to be suspended for one year
171Driving a heavy vehicle in a way that harms public or private propertiesDh3,000 License to be suspended for one year
172Heavy vehicle jumping the red lightDh3,000 License to be suspended for one year
173Heavy vehicle causing his or another vehicle to overturnDh3,000 License to be suspended for one year
174Driving industrial, construction and mechanical equipment without a licenseDh1,500  
175Heavy vehicle overtaking in areas where it is prohibitedDh3,000 License to be suspended for one year
176Driving a heavy vehicle that does not abide by safety standardsDh2,0006 
177A driving an uninsiured vehicleDh50047
178Driving a vehicle on a different license for a different type of vehicleDh40012 
179Driving a vehicle that does not abide by safety standardsDh500  
180Driving a vehicle that is unfit for drivingDh500  
181Driving a vehicle at below the minimum speed set for the road (if any)Dh400  

 

Previous fines as of February 2016

 Violation Fine Black Points Vehicle confiscated / Days
182Not fixing number plates in designated places. Dh2002 
183Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 10km/hr. Dh400   
184Violating the terms of the driving license. Dh300   
185Leaving a vehicle on the road with its engine running. Dh300   
186Using vehicle for purposes other than designated. Dh20047
187Using un-matching number plates for trailers and containers. Dh200   
188Stopping a vehicle in a way that may pose danger or block traffic. Dh2003 
189Using training vehicles outside of timings specified by licensing authority. Dh200   
190Using training vehicles in places not designated by licensing. Dh200   
191Abuse of parking space. Dh2003 
192Violating tariff. Dh2006 
193Not showing vehicle registration card when required. Dh200   
194Not showing driving license when required. Dh200   
195Not fixing taxi sign where required. Dh200   
196Not fixing a sign indicating licensed overload. Dh2003 
197Using interior lights for no reason while driving. Dh100   
198Failure to abide by specified color for taxis or training cars. Dh200   
199Failure to display tariff of buses or taxis or not showing them  when required. Dh200   
200Broken lights. Dh2006 
201Using horn in prohibited areas. Dh2002 
202Failure to keep taxis and buses clean inside and outside. Dh200   
203Not abiding by taxi drivers obligatory uniform or not keeping it in good condition. Dh100   
204Smoking inside taxis and buses. Dh200   
205Calling on passengers in the presence of signs. Dh100   
206Not displaying truck’s load on both sides. Dh100   
207Driving without spectacles or contact lenses. Dh100   
208Not using interior light in buses at night. Dh100   
209Opening left door of taxi. Dh1003 

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*The original article (published in February 2016) has been updated to reflect current traffic fines. 

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