Vehicle Fines in UAE
It’s no secret that the UAE is home to some of the most fast, exotic and expensive cars in the world. With a population of nearly 9.5 million, this small country nestled in the Gulf has an estimated ratio of two cars for every person.
It’s the fines and regulations applying to drivers in the UAE that make the streets a playground for some and a nightmare for others.
Other than it’s explosive car market, the UAE is reputable for it’s autobahn attitude with its straight-shot desert highways with speed limits of 120km/h in addition to an extra 20km grace period. Although these outer-city highways have generous speed limits, drivers regularly exceed them with little regard to the fines that follow. In the countries capital city Abu Dhabi 4,775 cars were seized for speeding over 200km/h in 2014 alone. If the police don’t catch you, don’t worry, the speeding cameras will.
However, the UAE speeding fines aren’t too hefty in comparison to fines in western countries that are home to many of the expats living in the country. In the UAE you can exceed the maximum speed limit by more than 60km/h and only receive a 1000AED ($272) fine in addition to impounding your vehicle for 30 days. You won’t be facing any jail time, driver’s license suspension or revocation if it’s your first offense.
It isn’t speeding that will get you in hot water in the UAE; it’s a hot temper that will. You are more liable for your traffic etiquette than reckless driving that endangers yourself and others on the road. Responding to the jerk that just cut you off or the person tailgating your car by throwing up a middle finger could land you in jail for up to one month.
Reckless driving isn’t all about speeding and running red lights though. Applying make-up while driving was categorized as dangerous driving behavior last year, carrying a fine more offensive than the dark bags under your eyes – 1000AED ($272) with the possibility of impoundment. But then again you could always try to outrun the traffic policeman and settle for an 800AED fine.
As expats continue to move in and out of the UAE, they are buying cars and selling them into the US $2.5 billion used car market at a high turn over rate. With about 19 million registered cars in the country, UAE representatives have voiced their concerns about the need to push for more public transportation options.
They introduced the tram in 2014, paired with some hefty traffic fines to protect their new multi-million dollar transport system. When you think of trams traffic violations probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But in the first four opening months of the tram, more than 1,400 traffic violations involving the tram were committed. In an act to decrease the violations, new traffic fines were introduced that make running a red light cost you anywhere from 5,000 AED ($1361) to 30,000AED ($8168) depending on damage and injuries induced.
While running red lights, speeding, and reckless behavior on the road are fine-worthy actions others are flat out merciless. There is nothing more frustrating than running out of gas on the road, other than getting a 200AED ($54) fine for running out of gas. But be especially careful if your car is “noisy,” that’s going to be an extra 500AED ($136).