The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA Dubai) is constantly updating its list of Dubai traffic rules to ensure that everyone has safe driving experience. Whether you are a new driver or an experienced driver, here are the traffic laws in Dubai you need to be aware of to avoid unexpected fines:
Fasten your seatbelts
Drivers need to ensure that all adults and children in the vehicle must wear their seatbelts. This includes passengers sat in the back seats. Failure to comply will result in an AED 400 fine for each passenger not wearing a seatbelt, in addition to four black points for the driver.
Children should be strapped in a car seat
To ensure maximum safety for the children in the car, it is legally required for children less than four years old to be seated in a dedicated car seat. Failing to do so may lead to an AED 400 fine for each child, not in a car seat.
Don’t text and drive
One of the main causes of accidents and mishaps on the road is when a driver is distracted and not giving their full attention to the road ahead. To protect your safety, as well as the safety of other road users, avoid using your phone while driving or you could face an AED 800 fine and four black points.
Carpooling is a no-no
Carpooling or ridesharing is a common practice in many countries around the world; however, it is an offense in Dubai unless the driver has a permit. This step is taken to curb the use of unauthorized taxis and drivers who could pose a serious risk to commuters. Carpooling in a private vehicle without a permit can lead to an AED 3000 fine, 24 black points, and 30-day vehicle confiscation.
Don’t over-tint your windows
Tinting your car windows can help protect you from harmful UV rays, however, you have to make sure you don’t go overboard with the tinting. Cars registered under an individual in Dubai can only tint their windows to a maximum of 50 percent, except for the front windscreen. This rule exempts those who were given special approval by the RTA or Dubai police for medical reasons. Fines for tinting beyond the stipulated 50 percent begin at AED 1,500 and go up according to the extent of the excess percentage of the tint.
Get prior certification before modifying your car
In a country where car culture is a big part of the lifestyle, it is easy for enthusiasts to go overboard and modify their cars to the extent that it may be detrimental to road safety. Though modification is allowed, there are certain guidelines in place to ensure that certain safety standards are met. Hence, to modify a car legally, you must obtain an ESMA Certificate. Not having an ESMA examination done for a modified car can have severe penalties starting from AED 1000, 12 black points, and having the vehicle impounded for 30 days, up to an AED 30,000 fine and jail term depending on the level of modification.
Obtain permission before changing the appearance of your car
If you are considering giving your car a fresh new look, including changing its color or having it wrapped, you need to seek approval from the Dubai Police. Not having the relevant approvals and permits can get you a penalty of AED 400 to AED 800 depending on the changes.
Don’t drive around with expired tires
Damaged tires not only affect your ride quality but also pose a risk to you and other people on the road. Driving around with unfit or expired tires can give you a penalty of AED 500 with four black points and confiscation of your vehicle for seven days. To avoid this, ensure you get your car’s tire condition and air pressure regularly checked.
Make sure your number plates are visible at all times
Displaying your number plates on the front and back of your car is mandatory in Dubai, and there are hefty penalties for non-use and misuse of your number plates. If you are caught driving without them, you will be liable to pay a fine of AED 3000 and will get 23 black points on your license. In addition to this, the vehicle will also be confiscated for a period of 90 days. Motorists caught having only a single number plate or driving with unclear vehicle number plates will be fined AED 400, while drivers who fail to adhere to commercial vehicle number plates rules will be charged AED 500 and have their vehicles confiscated for seven days.
Now that you’re aware of these rules, you can ensure you stay on the right side of the law and avoid any fines. Browse thousands of cars on dubizzle and find your next ride!