New UAE traffic laws: Don’t park the ‘wrong’ way
Beware, motorists in Sharjah! Apparently reverse parking your car in a parking space can result in a Dhs 200 fine. Also Dubai Traffic Police plans to introduce new fines for motorists for several offences, including for wearing sunglasses at night.
According to Arabic daily Al Ittihad, a Sharjah resident was surprised to find a fine stuck on his windshield. Confident he did nothing wrong he rushed to the police station, only to receive more bad news.
The fine was issued for ‘abuse of parking’ which not only carried a Dhs 200 penalty fee, but three black points on the driving license as well. All vehicles should now be parked with the back facing the road. Basically, reverse parking is banned in the city of Sharjah.
According to the report, the Sharjah Traffic Police are doing this to “serve the public interest and ensure discipline of roads and parking areas.” No other cities in the UAE plan to implement this ban at the current time.
In other news, Dubai Traffic Police are looking to add a list of new fines for motorists, as well as review older fines in order to “improve the safety standards on the roads.”
Among the new offences, one of them is ‘neglect and lack of attention’ which can result in the motorist attracting a Dhs 400 fine. Another new one is wearing sunglasses and driving at night carries a Dhs 500 penalty.
Other new offences include ‘driving a vehicle in a manner considered to be a threat’ which can result in a Dhs 1000 fine.
Fine for refusal to give your name and address to a traffic police officer has been doubled from Dhs 500 to Dhs 1000.
Having bad tyres can cost you a fine of Dhs 200, up from Dhs 100.
Malfunctioning tail lamps and indicator lamps will invite a fine of Dhs 200.
Also, Dubai Police would like to introduce a new fine of Dhs 1000 for driving a vehicle with an expired registration or driving licence. Not having the vehicle registration and driving licence with you can also result in a fine.
Regarding tinting of windows, anything above 30% can get your car impounded from 15 days to a month.
Another new rule would be all passengers in the vehicle should wear a seat belt. Failure to do so will result in a fine.
A decision to implement the new rules is being considered by the Ministry of Interior who will pass on a decision within the next few months, in which case, they will likely be implemented throughout the UAE as well.