Punishments and Fines for Safety Risk-Takers During Poor Weather Conditions in the UAE
Posted by Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants on November 24th, 2022
The United Arab Emirates enforces strict traffic rules and regulations in the country. In this connection, the law governing traffic is the Federal Law No. 21 of 1995 Concerning Traffic (Traffic Law) read with the Ministerial Decision No. 130/ 1997 Issuing the Implementing Regulation for Federal Law No. 21/ 1995 Concerning Traffic (Traffic Implementing Regulations), along with other decisions, rules, and regulations.
The rules and regulations set out in the Traffic laws should be followed in the UAE, especially because a violation of the rules could lead to harsh penalties.
Obligations of the Driver
The UAE Traffic Law specifies the obligations of the drivers of vehicles while driving. For example, Article 10 of the Traffic Law requires the driver to abstain from driving the vehicle under the effect of alcohol or narcotic substances. It also requires the driver to abstain from driving if he is in a state of exhaustion affecting his capacity of control.
Similarly, Article 10/10 of the Traffic Law mandates that the driver should not exceed the maximum speed decided for the road, with due consideration to the conditions of the place, weather, the vehicle, and other safety requirements.
It is also worth noting that the traffic department sets a record for violations that are committed by the drivers and these violations are classified according to their seriousness. Each violation has a fixed traffic point number, generally referred to as black points, which will be accumulated based on the violation.
Additionally, sudden swerving is liable to fines of AED 1000 and 4 black points. Reversing in a dangerous manner will also result in 4 black points, along with an AED 500 fine.
It is imperative to adhere to the traffic rules and ensure that additional precautions are taken when there are poor weather conditions and low visibility. This will ensure the safety of the driver himself, the other drivers on the road, the pedestrian and the surrounding environment. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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