The UAE has introduced new traffic penalties with fines of up to $545 (AED2,000) and see vehicles impounded for 60 days.
The Ministry of Interior announced the new fines, saying the new rules were to “achieve safety of society.
The new rules are aimed at creating order and safety amid emergencies and inclement weather.
UAE traffic fines
Under the new traffic rules, it will be an offence to:
- Gather near valleys, flooded areas and dams during rainy weather. Motorists who do so face a fine of AED1,000 ($272) and receive six black points
- Enter flooded valleys while overflowing with rainwater, regardless of their level of danger. Motorists who do so face a fine of AED2,000 ($545) and receive 23 black points. They will also have their vehicle impounded for 60 days.
- Obstruct the relevant authorities from regulating traffic; or ambulance and rescue vehicles during emergencies, disasters, crises and rains; and in flooded valleys. Motorists who do so face a fine of AED1,000 ($545) and receive four black points. They will also have their vehicle impounded for 60 days.
During times of heavy rainfall, it is not uncommon for authorities to issue driving alerts in the UAE and advise motorists to stay away from areas prone to flash flooding and disruption on roads.