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UAE: 10 fines to avoid during rain, fog or sandstorm

The UAE has traffic laws as a specific response to adverse weather conditions. Here are 10 violations with hefty fines that you should avoid during adverse weather conditions.

The law also extends to pedestrians, who are urged to only cross at designated areas and “exercise utmost care and caution”, particularly during rainy weather. Here’s what you need to know

Taking photos or videos while driving

Using your mobile phone while driving is a traffic violation. Don’t take photos or videos while driving, especially during rain, fog or a sandstorm. Violators will be fined Dh800, and given four black points in their traffic file.

Entering flooded valleys

It is illegal for motorists to enter flooded valleys, regardless of the level of danger. The fine for violating this rule is Dh2,000, plus a 60-day vehicle impoundment and 23 black points in the driver’s traffic record.

Ignoring reduced speed limit

During adverse weather conditions, police will issue an advisory that speed limits on certain roads have been reduced. The minimum fine for speeding is Dh300 for driving above the speed limit by 20km/h. The maximum fine is Dh3,000 plus 23 black points and a 60-day vehicle impoundment for driving above the speed limit by more than 80km/h.

Driving with your hazard lights during fog, sandstorm

Did you know it is wrong to drive with your hazard lights on during fog or a sandstorm? Police have been campaigning against the use of hazard lights when driving through fog or rain, saying this wrong practice can confuse other motorists who have no way of knowing which direction a driver will turn or whether there is an obstruction ahead. According to police, hazard lights must only be used when a vehicle is at full stop, or to alert motorists of an accident or danger ahead. Violators will be fined Dh500 and given four black points on their traffic file.

Driving at night, or during foggy weather without headlights

Make sure your car’s headlights are switched on when driving at night or during foggy weather, otherwise you will be fined Dh400 and given four black points in your traffic file.

Driving in violation of authority’s instructions

During adverse weather conditions, police may ban vehicles from certain roads. Motorists who ignore these instructions will be fined Dh400 and given four black points in their traffic file.

Gathering near valleys and dams during rain

Under the UAE law, it is prohibited for motorists to gather near valleys and dams when it is raining. Violators will be fined Dh1,000 and given six black points in their traffic file.

Obstructing rescue efforts, traffic operations

Motorists must not obstruct authorities from performing their duties related to traffic management, ambulance services, and rescue operations during emergencies, disasters, heavy rainfall, and valley flowing with rainwater. The fine for violators is Dh1,000, plus a 60-day impoundment of vehicles and four black points in the driver’s traffic record.

Changing lanes without using indicator lights

Changing lanes without using indicator lights is tantamount to reckless driving, and the fine for this behavior is Dh400.

Reckless driving

Driving that endangers the lives of others, including jumping the red light, swerving or blocking traffic, invites a hefty fine of Dh2,000 plus 23 black points on the driver’s file. The vehicle will also be confiscated for 60 days. ICA/Expat Media


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