Dubai law on driverless cars: Dh50,000 fine for violators

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A driverless bus at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. ARCHIVE

Dubai law on driverless cars: Dh50,000 fine for violators

The Ruler of Dubai has issued a law regulating the operation of driverless cars or autonomous vehicles in Dubai.

This follows the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the world’s best city.

Violators of the new law face fines of between Dh500 and Dh20,000, with fines doubled in case of repeat violations within the same year. The maximum fine is set at Dh50,000.

Under the law, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is in charge of regulating the sector and improving the operations of driverless cars or autonomous vehicles in Dubai.

The RTA will demarcate roads, areas, and routes that driverless cars can operate in, and set their speed limits. The RTA will also develop infrastructure and traffic solutions for driverless cars.

The licensing of driverless cars will be under the RTA, and any activity related to autonomous vehicles must have a license issued by the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA.

To obtain a registration license for driverless cars, the key requirements include passing RTA’s technical test and having the technological capability to read road signs.

The law also outlines licensing procedures, and the responsibilities of operators, agents and passengers. It also defines the obligations of operators of autonomous vehicles in case of accidents. Operators are responsible for covering all damages caused by accidents.

The sale and transfer of autonomous vehicles in Dubai should only be done through authorised agents. The transfer of vehicles from one operator to another is subject to RTA’s pre-approval.

According to the Law, all relevant government entities in Dubai are required to cooperate with RTA to help it deliver its responsibilities related to the autonomous vehicles sector.

Driverless vehicles will also follow the Federal Law on Road Traffic, particularly in areas not covered by a specific provision of the new law. ICA/Expat Media

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