The UAE has announced new traffic fines of up to Dh2,000.
According to the Ministry of Interior, the new additions are designed to improve safety, especially during emergencies related to rainy or unstable weather conditions.
Take note of the following new UAE traffic fines..
> Gathering near valleys, flooded areas and dams during rainy weather: Dh1,000 fine and six black points.
> Entering flooded valleys, regardless of their level of danger: Dh2,000 fine, 23 black points, and 60-day confiscation of vehicles.
> Obstructing the relevant authorities from regulating traffic; or ambulance and rescue vehicles during emergencies, disasters, crises and rains; and in flooded valleys: Dh1,000 fine, four black points, and 60-day confiscation of vehicles.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Interiors on Thursday, May 18, on Twitter.
The changes have been introduced to “reinforce existing procedures and underline the significance of adhering to instructions and safety requirements”.
Hussein Al Harthi, Chairman of the Federal Traffic Council, added that “ongoing efforts are being made to enhance the achievements of the UAE and realize the vision of its wise leadership, which seeks to establish the country as the best, safest, and most secure place in the world.”
While rainfall in the UAE is infrequent, it does have a detrimental effect on road safety, often leading to national travel advisories being issued. While it rains, the UAE authorities issue alerts for residents to stay away from valleys and dams during unstable weather conditions.
According to Hussein Al Harthi, it is prohibited to enter valleys during rains, “despite the danger level”.
Temporary closure of roads in the UAE
Dubai Floating Bridge will be closed from Monday, April 17 until Monday, May 22 for major maintenance works.
The 16-year-old bridge crosses Dubai Creek and connects Deira to Bur Dubai. During the closure, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) urges motorists to use alternative routes and has devised a plan to ensure smooth traffic flow.
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