Police in Abu Dhabi have warned that non-compliance with mandatory traffic lanes will result in a Dh400 fine. On February 3, the Emirate’s police authority posted a video on their official social media channels – showing motorists abruptly swerving from the left lane and taking an exit to the right. Abu Dhabi Police recently posted a video on social media to inform drivers about the dangers of not following mandatory lane markings.
According to Abu Dhabi Police, the fine for not following specific lanes is set forth in UAE’s Federal Traffic Law – Article 86 of Ministerial Resolution No. (178) for 2017 on Rules and Procedures of Traffic Control.
Abu Dhabi Police states that the fine for not following specific lanes is stipulated in UAE’s Federal Traffic Law -Article 86 of Ministerial Resolution No. (178) for 2017 on Rules and Procedures of Traffic Control.
According to the authority, Article 29 of the law imposes a stricter penalty if you swerve suddenly – a fine of Dh1,000 and four black points.
What are the traffic violations that carry a fine of Dh400?
The Dh400 penalty does not only apply to failure to stick to specific lanes. With the same fine, motorists can be caught off guard for over 20 traffic violations. You can avoid accumulating unnecessary fines by knowing a few other traffic infractions that can result in similar penalties and – in some cases – even black points:
- Keeping a vehicle below the minimum speed limit set for the road, if any.
- Driving a vehicle with a single plate / unclear plates
- Failure to maintain a safe distance behind other vehicles. This violation also carries four points.
- Entering the road without ensuring a clear path. This violation is also worth four points.
- Failure to use the signal light when changing direction or making a turn.
- Failure to comply with the compulsory traffic lane.
- Ignoring the traffic policeman’s instructions. You will also receive four traffic points.
- Driving with a foreign driving license, except when permitted.
- Driving a vehicle with a license that is not yours.
- Not having the vehicle registration card or driving license.
- By stopping a vehicle in a way that puts pedestrians at risk.
- Blocking the movement of a pedestrian with a vehicle.
- Parking on the pavement.
- Using lanes designated for buses or taxis in situations other than those authorized.
- Not giving priority to vehicles coming from behind or on the left side of the road.
- Using the horn or vehicle radio at a disturbing volume. This violation carries four traffic points.
- The driving of the vehicle in residential areas or near educational institutions or hospitals in a manner that causes others to be at risk. This violation incurs four traffic points as well.
- Allowing children under 10 years old or shorter than 145 cm to sit in the front seat.
- Failure to install child seats in vehicles for children under 4 years of age
- Failure to fasten the seat belts of the driver and all passengers. This violation also results in four points.
- If the vehicle’s lights are not working. This violation also carries six points.
- In case the changing lane light signs are not working, or the rear sign lights of the vehicle are not working. Two points will also be assessed.
- Driving training vehicles at times other than those specified by licensing authorities or in undesignated areas.
Checking and paying traffic fines in the UAE
There are different ways to pay a traffic fine if you have raked up a few. You can do it online through the official websites and apps of the Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), etc., or you can go to a customer service center or a police station.
The best way to reduce black points
Attending training courses organized by local police authorities is one way to take corrective action if one has received a few black points. Residents of Abu Dhabi can reduce their points on traffic violations through the Emirate’s police authority.