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Know Your Rights: 5 Laws Every Dubai Expat Should Know

Traffic Offences

With the aim to provide updated legal advice in a clear and readable way for expats living in Dubai and the Middle East, here we set out your rights when it comes to traffic offences. It is important to note that the penalties for breaching any of the following traffic laws can include black points, fines and/or imprisonment in some cases.

1) It is a criminal offence to leave the scene of an accident, however minor. The criminal sanctions for leaving the scene of an accident in which a person was injured are more severe (imprisonment and/or a minimum fine of AED 25,000).

2) It is a criminal offence to drive a car with any alcohol in your system, regardless of whether the alcohol was consumed legally or not.
According to UAE law there is zero tolerance to drink while driving.

3) It is a criminal offence to drive without valid driver’s liability insurance. Take note of when your car insurance expires so that you can renew it in good time.

4) Keep your car insurance papers, car registration documents and driving license at hand when driving. In the event of an accident, it is a criminal offence if you fail to provide these to the police (although you may be given time to do so following an accident).

5) It is against the law to drive a vehicle in Dubai which is not in good mechanical condition, or does not have safe and functioning steering, brakes, horn, front mirror, wipers, seatbelt, and spare tire in a useable condition or headlights. If in breach of these laws, the vehicle may be confiscated by police and/or the driver fined or imprisoned.
Please consult the RTA website for full details.

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