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Driving on fast lane, tailgating: What UAE law says


DUBAI – A number of accidents in Dubai have been blamed on reckless motorists tailgating or hogging the fast lane.

But what exactly does the UAE law say about tailgating and driving on the fast lane? Here are the answers to frequently asked questions.

Who can use the fast lane?

Only emergency vehicles can pass through the fast lane at any length of time

Can motorists use the fast lane?

Drivers can use the fast lane to overtake, but must move back to a central lane at the earliest and safest opportunity.

I am driving on the fast lane at maximum speed limit. The motorist behind me wants me to move aside. What should I do?

You should give way and move to a central lane.

What if I don’t move aside?

You will be fined for obstructing traffic. Drivers who fail to give way face a fine of Dh400 and four black points on their traffic fine.

What about the other driver?

The other driver will also be penalized for tailgating, with a fine of Dh400 and four black points on his or her traffic file. They are also liable to be fined for speeding, if it applies.

What about those who drive slow on motorways?

They should try to drive on the lanes on the right so as not to obstruct traffic and cause accidents. 
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