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Traffic Violations and Fines in United Arab Emirates

General Dept. of Traffic Dubai Police General H.Q.

In their endeavour to promote public security in the widest sense it is our pleasure in the General Traffic Department to make available to you this small explanatory publication containing a list of traffic offences and associated penalties as started in the Schedule to the Federal Traffic Law No. 21 for 1995 which became effective on Augest, 29th., 1997.

Drivers are advised to conform to traffic rules and regulations and avoid committing traffic offences that may result, not only in fines, but also in "Black Points" which, if accumulated, can result in a suspension of the driving licence or even harsher penalties.


Violation Fine*
001 Disobeying Traffic Policeman's Instruction. 200
002 Failing to observe Traffic Signs and Instructions. 100
003 Absconding from Traffic Policeman. 200
004 Failing to stop after causing an accident or damage to others. 100
005 Refusal to give name/adress to Traffic Policeman. 200
006 Obstructing Traffic. 100
007 Placing Traffic signs on the road which cause damage or obstruction. 100
008 Stopping vehicle on pedestrian crossing or without consideration of legally specified distance from crossroads on bends. 100
009 Parking which could endanger pedestrians or impede their movement. 100
010 Failure to take appropriate action to ensure traffic safty when vehicle breaks down. 100
011 Attempting to enter a road without making sure it is clear hense causing delays to traffic. 200
012 Exceeding speed limit (by Radar). 200
013 Driving at a speed below specified for "minimum speed" for the road. 100
014 Driving recklessly and causing danger to public 200
015 "Jumping" red traffic signals. 500
016 Performing illegal turning manoeuvre. 100
017 Driving in opposite direction to traffic flow. 200
018 Violating "NO ENTRY" sign. 200
019 Reversing in a dangerous manner. 100
020 Not giving way to Emergency, Police, Public Service or Official vehicles. 200
021 Not giving way to vehicle coming from left where required. 100
022 Not changing lane to allow a following vechicle to overtake from left side. 100
023 Overtaking on the right or dangerously. 150
024 Dangerous overtaking by lorry drivers. 400
025 Overtaking where prohibited. 400
026 Vehicles entering the road in a dangerous manner. 400
027 Not keeping safe stopping distance from vehicle ahead. 100
028 Sudden deviation of vehicle. 150
029 Not staying in lane when compulsory to do so. 100
030 Not giving way to pedestrains. 100
031 Driving heavy goods vehicles in prohibited areas. 100
032 Not giving signals when turning or changing direction. 150
033 Towing a vehicle or boat or trailer without proper precautions. 100
034 Loading a vehicle in such a way to cause danger to others or to the road. 100
035 Leakage or failing of materials from vehicle. 100
036 Throwing litter out of the vehicle onto public road. 100
037 Use of horn in restricted areas in a disturbing manner. 100
038 Driving at night or in a fog without using lights. 150
039 (Use of rotating multi-colour lights). 100
040 Modifications to vehicle without permission from licencing authority. 100
041 Using vehicle internal lights while driving without valid reason. 50
042 Failing to use internal lights in buses when driving at night. 100
043 Driving with a license issued from a foreign country in a manner not authorised. 150
044 Driving a vehicle of a different category to that specified in 200
045 Driving without wearing medical glasses or lenses. 100
046 Not wearing a helmet when driving a motorcycle. 200
047 Not carrying driving license or vehicle registration. 100
048 Not presenrting driving license when requested. 100
049 Not presenting vehicle registration when requested. 100
050 Teaching someone to drive without a teaching permit. 200
051 Driving a taxi without a permit. 100
052 Driving a taxi with an expired sponsorship. 100
053 Driving a vehicle not licenced by licencing authority. 200
054 Driving a vehicle with an expired driving licence. 100
055 Failing to renew vehicle registration on expiry and an additional delay penalty of AED 10 for every month (or part of) delay after three months of expiry date. 100
056 Carrying passengers in a vehicle used for learning to drive. 100
057 Teaching to drive vehicle outside times and places specified by licencing authority. 100
058 Use of vehicle for purposes other than designed for. 100
059 Excess loading or load protruding more than specified limit without permit. 200
060 Violating rules for use of trade number plates. 100
061 Driving without number plates or with one number plate only. 200
062 Differences between number plates for cab, trailer and semi-trailer. 100
063 Unclear number plates. 150
064 Teaching to drive in a vehicle not designated for that purpose without a permit from a licencing authority. 100
065 Driving a vehicle which does not conform to safety requirements. 150
066 Vehicle unfit to be driven not road-worthy. 150
067 Tyres in unfit condition while driving. 100
068 Indicators or or lighting equipments not in working order. 100
069 Abscence of red light at the rear of the vehicle. 100
070 Rear and side lights on a trailer not provided or not in working condition. 150
071 Driving a vehicle emitting excessive noise. 100
072 Driving a vehicle that causes pollution to the environment or emits gases and vapours containing compounds in excess of specified rations. 300
073 Carrying out fundimental changes to the engine or chassis without permit. 400
074 Not having the vehicle inspected after material modification to engine or body. 100
075 Parking in no parking area. 150
076 Failure to make sure that vehicle is securely parked. 150
077 Leaving vehicle on the road with its engine running. 100
078 Parking the vehicle on the left side of the road where parking is not allowed. 150
079 Parking infront of water hydrants, handycapped or ambulance parking places. 100
080 Misuse of parking spaces. 100
081 Parking on footways (pavements). 150
082 Parking behind parked vehicles which prevents their exit. 150
083 Writing or fixing stickers (on the vehicles) of indecent material. 100
084 Teaching to drive in a vehicle withot L-Plate. 100
085 Failure to display approved tariff in buses and taxis or failure to present it when required. 150
086 Failure to fix reflectors to the rear of heavy goods or transport vehicles. 100
087 Failure to write heavy vehicle load on its side. 100
088 Failure to attach what may indicate excess permitted load. 100
089 Failure to fix taxi sign in appropriate places. 100
090 Not conforming to specified colour for taxis or L-Plate cars. 100
091 Stopping of taxis with designated stopping places in unauthorised stops. 100
092 Refusal to carry passengers in a taxi. 100
093 Not conforming to loading or unloading regulations in stations (if present). 100
094 Opening left door of a taxi. 100
095 Touting for passengers. 50
096 Failure to adhere to authorised tariff. 100
097 Carrying more passengers than permitted. 50
098 Smoking in taxis and buses and failure to keep them clean inside and out. 100
099 Failure to wear specified taxi drivers uniform or keep it tidy. 100
100 Failure to provide vertical exhaust pipe in heavy vehicles. 200
101 Failure to cover load in lorries. 100
102 Crossing the road by pedestrains at places not designated for their passage (if provided). 50
103 Not wearing seat belt while driving (as from 29/05/1998). 100

* - all fines in AED (Arab Emirates Dirham). 1 AED = 0.27 USD


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