UAE laws during rain: What can get you fined up to Dh3,000

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UAE traffic laws are in place in response to adverse weather conditions. The penalty for violators includes fines of up to Dh3,000.

The law also extends to pedestrians, who are urged to cross only at designated areas and exercise utmost caution, particularly during adverse weather condition. Here is a list of violations to avoid:

Speeding

Police in the UAE will issue an advisory lowering the speed limits on certain roads during adverse weather conditions. Speeding is an offence punishable with a fine starting at Dh300 for driving above the speed limit by 20km/h. The maximum fine for speeding is Dh3,000 plus 23 black points on the driver’s traffic record. A 60-day vehicle impoundment will also be imposed if a motorist drives above the speed limit by more than 80km/hr.

Entering flooded valleys

The UAE has banned motorists from entering flooded valleys, regardless of the level of danger. Violators will be fined Dh2,000 and their vehicle will be impounded for 60 days. They will also be given 23 black points in their traffic record.

Taking photos or videos while driving

While it might be tempting to take photos or videos of the rain or the weather while you are driving, this violation will cost you Dh800 as well as four black points in your traffic record. In any case, don’t use your mobile phone while driving.

Driving with hazard lights

Did you know you must not drive with your hazard lights on during rain, fog or a sandstorm? Police say this wrong practice can confuse other drivers who have no way of knowing which direction a driver will turn or whether there is a real obstruction ahead. Hazard lights must only be used when a vehicle is at full stop, or to alert motorists of an accident or danger ahead. Incorrectly using your hazard lights will cost you Dh500 and four black points on your traffic file.

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

Motorists have been penalized for doing road stunts during rainy weather. Driving that endangers the lives of others 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.

Driving at night 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.

Entering roads closed by police

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, 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. ICA/Expat Media


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