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List of traffic fines in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah UAE

List of federal UAE traffic fines in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, other UAE emirates. Police traffic fines and violations for driving offences, fine amounts, black points, car and vehicle confiscation and impounding periods, driving licence suspension times. Penalties and laws are federal and apply to all UAE emirates - Abu Dhabi (including Al Ain city), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain (UAQ). However each emirate issues its own fines under the respective local authorities, for example Abu Dhabi Police in Abu Dhabi; Dubai Police or Dubai Municipality or RTA in Dubai; and similarly for other emirates.

List of new Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UAE federal traffic fines from 01 Jul 2017

  • [Abu Dhabi Police] Ministerial Resolution No. 178 for the year 2017 on Rules and Procedures of Traffic Control.
    • Different for other emirates? See also resolution No. 177?
  • Some significant changes:
    • Many fines have increased substantially from 2008 amounts.
    • Child safety seats are required for children under 4 years old.
    • Seat belt use required for all passengers, including in the rear seat (s).
    • [Check] Tinted windows maximum increased from 30% to 50%, penalty fine increased 3x from AED 500 to 1500 but no impound period.
  • If a fine amount is decided by the courts then a prison sentence will probably also be part of the punishment, and any driving license suspension is likely to begin after completion of the jail sentence, not from the sentencing date.
  • Parking fines issued by the police might be different from parking fines issued by the municipality or traffic authority e.g. blocking traffic fine of AED 500 from Dubai Police vs not buying a parking ticket fine of AED 200 from the Dubai RTA.
  • Previous penalty is given in brackets. If () entered then penalty unchanged.
  • [Check] 19a, 19b
  • [Check for typos or errors] Some odd changes:
    • Black point penalties if previously 24 points, reduced to 23 points.
    • 40 (30) Exceeding speed limit by less than 20 km/hour fine reduced from AED 500 to 300. Doesn't usually apply since there is a 20kph grace limit above posted limit before fines start to be imposed.
    • 49 (26) Allowing children under 10 years old or shorter than 145 cm to sit in the front seat of a vehicle. Black points reduced from 4 to 0?
  • Table below incomplete.
  Description Fine (AED)
or court
or licence


New UAE traffic rules and fines from 01 Jul 2017





1 (1) a. Driving a vehicle in a way that jeopardizes the driver or others' lives or their safety or security
b. Driving a vehicle in a way that may cause damage to the public and private facilities
2000 () 23 (12) 60 days (30)  
2 (2) Driving under the influence of Alcohol Court () 23 (24) 60 days ()  
3 (2) Driving under the influence of drugs or brain affecting substances or any other similar items Court () 23 (24) 60 days licence, 1 year
4 (3) Driving a vehicle without plates 3000 (1000) 23 (24) 90 (60)  
5 a. Driving a heavy vehicle in a way that jeopardizes his or other people's lives or their safety or security
b. Driving a heavy vehicle in a way that may cause damages to public or private facilities.
3000     licence, 1 year
6 Heavy vehicles that cross the red light 3000     licence, 1 year
7 The heavy vehicle driver causing any accident that result in his or any other vehicle overturn 3000     licence, 1 year
19a Driving the vehicle against the traffic direction 600 4 7 days  
19b Entering the vehicle into a prohibited area 1000 8 7 days  
23 Driving with a driving license issued by a foreign country except in permitted cases 400      
24 Driving a vehicle with a driving license other that the granted one 400 12    
25 a. Driving a vehicle with expired driving license
b. Driving a vehicle with an expired registration
500 4 7 days1  
28 Driving a vehicle below the minimum speed limit set for the road, if any 400      
32 (135) a. Using mobile while driving
b. Being distracted by anything while driving
800 (200) 4 (4)    
33 (9) a. Crossing red light for light vehicles
b. Crossing red light for motorcycles
1000 (800) 12 (8) 30 (15)  
34 Exceeding the maximum speed limit by more than 80 km/hour 3000 23 60  
35 (1) Exceeding the maximum speed limit by more than 60 km/hour 2000 (1000) 12 (12) 30 (30)  
36 (14) Exceeding the maximum speed limit by no more than 60 km/hour 1500 (900) 6 (6) 15 (0)  
37 (15) Exceeding the maximum speed limit by no more than 50 km/hour 1000 (800)      
38 (22) Exceeding the maximum speed limit by no more than 40 km/hour 700 (700)      
39 (24) Exceeding the maximum speed limit by no more than 30 km/hour 600 (600)      
40 (30) Exceeding the maximum speed limit by no more than 20 km/hour 300 (500)      
49 (26) Allowing children under 10 years old or shorter than 145 cm to sit in the front seat of a vehicle. 400 (400) 0 (4)    
50 (N?) Not fixing child seats for children under 4 years old in the vehicle. 400      
51 (27) a. Not fastening the seat belt of the driver
b. Not fastening the seat belt for all the passengers2
400 (400) 4 (4)2    
67 (76) Writing phrases or placing stickers on vehicle without permission. 500 (200)      
68 (32)4 a. Exceeding the permitted percentage of vehicle's tinting4
b. Tinting unpermitted vehicle4
1500 (500)   0 (30 days)  
70 (44) Non-compliance of vehicles drivers with the traffic signs and directions 500 (500)      
74 Rubber neck (crowding) at the scenes of traffic accidents 1000      
82 (98) Driving with expired tyres 500 (200) 4 (0) 7 days  
104 (105) a. Driving at night without lights
b. Driving in foggy weather without lights3
c. Driving in foggy weather in violation of the competent authority's instructions3
500 (200) 4 (4)    
106a (140) Not carrying the vehicle registration card 400 (100)      
106b (139) Not carrying the driving license        


  1. Vehicle impounded 7 days if registration expired more than 3 months.
  2. Not clear who gets black points if an unbelted passenger does not have a licence. Might be black point penalty only for driver, but then unknown if 4 points per person or per vehicle. New law applies to rear seat occupants, not just front. Previous law specified "while driving" but was generally considered to refer to both driver and front seat passenger.
  3. Abu Dhabi Police have said drivers who use hazard lights while driving in fog will be fined AED 500 and 4 black points.
  4. Original text said "tenting", assumed to be a typo for "tinting". Percentages not given but some reports said maximum allowed increased from 30% to 50% but no tint for front windscreen (windshield), and no tinted windows permitted for trucks and taxis.

[Edit, archive, delete] UAE traffic fines before new law 01 Jul 2017

See information below table for updates to UAE Traffic Law and UAE Federal Traffic Council (FTC) information.

  • 01 Mar 2008 - new Unified Federal Traffic Law (Black Points Law) for the UAE takes effect with list of offences and punishments given in table below. New black point system also takes effect.
  • Prison sentences listed are maximum jail time. Not in original list of penalties. One month normally means 30 days, not 28 or 31 days.
  • Maximum black points limit is 24 within a one year period. If a traffic violation is made after reaching the black point limit, your driving licence is confiscated for the following periods of time:
    • 3 months confiscation after the first traffic violation when black point limit has been reached.
    • 6 months confiscation after the second traffic violation.
    • 12 months confiscation after the third traffic violation, and the driver must pass a driving course at a driving school under the authority of the emirate where the third violation was committed.
  • Speeding fines result in black points if doing more than 60km/hr above the speed limit (12 points) or more than 50km/hr above the limit (6 points). No black points if doing between 0-50km/hr above the speed limit.
  • Speeding fines increased from a flat rate of AED 200 per ticket to between AED 400 (less than 10km/hr over the limit) and AED 1,000 (more than 60kph over the limit - vehicle is also impounded for 30 days).
  Description Fine (AED)
or court


UAE Unified Federal Traffic Law effective from 01 Mar 2008





1 Driving dangerously (racing) 2000 12 30 days  
2 Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or similar substances Court 24 60 days  
3 Driving a vehicle without number plates 1000 24 60 days  
4 Causing death of others Court 12 30 days  
5 Not stopping after causing an accident that resulted in injuries Court 24 60 days  
6 Reckless driving 2000 12 30 days  
7 Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 60km/h 1000 12 30 days  
8 Driving in a way that is dangerous to the public 1000 12 30 days  
9 Jumping a red light 800 8 15 days  
10 Running away from a traffic policeman 800 12 30 days  
11 Dangerous overtaking by trucks 800 24 60 days  
12 Causing a car to overturn Court 8    
13 Causing serious injuries Court 8    
14 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 60km/h 900 6    
15 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 50km/h 800      
16 Overtaking on the hard shoulder 600 6    
*16 Overtaking on the hard shoulder [revised penalty 17 May 2014] 600 10   1 month
  See also Dubai traffic fines enquiry        
17 Entering road dangerously 600 6    
18 Causing moderate injury Court 6    
19 Heavy vehicle lane discipline 600 6    
20 Overtaking from a prohibited place 600 6    
21 Causing serious damage to a vehicle Court 6    
22 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 40km/h 700      
23 Parking in fire hydrant places, spaces allocated for people with special needs and ambulance parking 1000 4    
24 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 30km/h 600      
25 Driving against traffic 400 4    
26 Allowing children under 10 years old to sit in the front seat of a vehicle 400 4    
27 Failure to fasten seat belt while driving 400 4    
28 Failure to leave a safe distance 400 4    
29 Failure to follow the directions of a traffic policeman        
30 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 20km/h 500      
31 Entering a road without ensuring that it is clear 400 4    
32 Exceeding permitted level of car window tinting 500   30 days  
33 Not giving way to emergency, police and public service vehicles or official convoys 500 4    
34 Driving a heavy vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions 500   30 days  
35 Failure to stop after causing an accident 500      
36 Driving a noisy vehicle 500   30 days  
37 Allowing others to drive a vehicle for which they are unlicensed 500      
38 Loading a heavy vehicle in a way that may pose danger to others or to the road 500 6 7 days  
39 Overload or protruding load from a heavy vehicle without permission 500 6 7 days  
40 Driving a vehicle that causes pollution 500      
41 Stopping on the road for no reason 500 4    
42 Stopping on a yellow box (marked on intersections) 500      
43 Not giving way to pedestrians on pedestrian crossings 500 6    
44 Failure to abide by traffic signs and directions 500      
45 Throwing waste from vehicles onto roads 500 4    
46 Refusing to give traffic police name and address when required 500      
47 Stopping vehicle on the left side of the road in prohibited places 500      
48 Stopping vehicle on pedestrian crossing 500      
49 Teaching driving in a training vehicle that does not bear a learning sign 500      
50 Teaching driving in a non-training vehicle without permission from licensing authority 500      
51 Placing marks on the road that may damage the road or block traffic 500      
52 Operating industrial, construction and mechanical vehicles and tractors without permission from licensing authority 500   7 days  
53 Modifying vehicle's engine without permission 400      
54 Modifying vehicle's chassis without permission 400      
55 Changing vehicle's color without permission 400      
56 Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 10km/h 400      
57 Driving with a driving license issued by a foreign country except in permitted cases 400      
58 Violating the terms of the driving license 300      
59 Parking behind vehicles and blocking their movement 300      
60 Towing a vehicle or a boat with an unprepared vehicle 300      
61 Driving a vehicle that omits gases or fumes with substances exceeding permitted rates 300      
62 Leaving a vehicle on the road with its engine running (unattended) 300      
63 No lights on the back or sides of trailer container 200      
64 Lights on the back or sides of container not working 200      
65 Taxis, which have designated pickup areas, stopping in undesignated places 200 4    
66 Prohibited entry 200 4    
67 Blocking traffic 200      
68 Vehicle unfit for driving 200   7 days  
69 Driving a light vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions 200   7 days  
70 Not lifting exhaust of trucks 200   7 days  
71 Not covering loads of trucks 3000   7 days  
72 Using vehicle for purposes other than designated 200 4 7 days  
73 Heavy vehicle prohibited entry 200 4 7 days  
74 Violating loading or unloading regulations in parking 200 4 7 days  
75 Carrying and transporting passengers illegally 200 4 7 days  
76 Writing phrases or placing stickers on vehicle without permission 200      
77 Not taking road safety measures during vehicle breakdowns 200      
78 Turning at undesignated points 200 4    
79 Turning the wrong way 200 4    
80 Loading a light vehicle in a way that may pose a danger to others or to the road 200 3 7 days  
81 Overload or protruding load on light vehicles without permission 200 3 7 days  
82 Stopping vehicle without keeping the distance specified by the law from a curve or junction 200      
83 Transporting passengers by vehicle undesignated for this purpose 200 4    
84 Sudden swerve 200 4    
85 Driving a taxi without required license 200 4    
86 Carrying passengers in driving training vehicle 200 4    
87 Driving a taxi with an expired warranty 200      
88 Reversing dangerously 200      
89 Taxi refusing to carry passengers 200 4    
90 Falling or leaking load 3000 12 30 days  
91 Not securing vehicle while parked 200      
92 Parking in prohibited places 200 2    
93 Parking in loading and offloading areas without need 200      
94 Parking on road shoulder except in cases of emergency 200      
95 Using multi-colored lights 200      
96 Not wearing helmet while driving motorbike 200 4    
97 Exceeding passenger limit 200 3    
98 Driving with tires in poor condition 200   7 days  
99 Driving with an expired driving license 200 3    
100 Not renewing vehicle registration after expiry 400      
101 Driving unlicensed vehicle 200   7 days  
102 Violation of laws of using commercial number plates 200      
103 Not fixing number plates in designated places 200 2    
104 Driving with one number plate 200 2    
105 Driving at night or in foggy weather without lights 200 4    
106 Using not matching number plates for trailer and container 200      
107 Not fixing reflective stickers at the back of trucks and heavy vehicles 200      
108 Not using indicators when changing direction or turning 200 3    
109 Not giving way for vehicles to pass on the left 200      
110 Not giving way to vehicles coming from the left where required 200      
111 Stopping a vehicle in a way that may pose danger or block traffic 200 3    
112 Failure to have vehicle examined after carrying out major modification to engine or body 200   7 days  
113 Using training vehicles outside of timings specified by licensing authority 200      
114 Using training vehicles in places not designated by licensing authority 200      
115 Overtaking from the right 200 4    
116 Overtaking in a wrong way 200 3    
117 Driving an unlicensed vehicle 200   7 days  
118 Abuse of parking space 200 3    
119 Number plates with unclear numbers 200 3    
120 Violating tariff 200 6    
121 Light vehicle lane discipline 200 2    
122 Parking vehicles on pavement 200 3    
123 Not showing vehicle registration card when required 200      
124 Not showing driving license when required 200      
125 Not fixing taxi sign where required 200      
126 Not fixing a sign indicating licensed overload 200 3    
127 Using interior lights for no reason while driving 100      
128 Failure to abide by specified color for taxis or training cars 200      
129 Failure to display tariff of buses or taxis or not showing them when required 200      
130 Broken lights 200 6    
131 Using horn in prohibited areas 200 2    
132 Driving below minimum speed limit 200      
133 Failure to keep taxis and buses clean inside and outside 200      
134 Smoking inside taxis and buses 200      
135 Using hand-held mobile phone while driving 200 4    
136 Not abiding by taxi drivers obligatory uniform or not keeping it in good condition 100      
137 Calling on passengers in the presence of signs 100      
138 Not displaying truck's load on both sides 100      
139 Not carrying driving license while driving 100      
140 Not carrying vehicle registration card while driving 100      
141 Driving without spectacles or contact lenses 100      
142 Not using interior light in buses at night 100      
143 Broken indicator lights 100 2    
144 Using horn in a disturbing way 100 2    
145 Having no red light at the back of vehicle 100      
146 Opening left door of taxi 100 3    
147 Pedestrians crossing from undesignated places (if any existed) (jaywalking) 200      
* Obscene hand gestures ("flicking the bird", "two-finger salute", etc)       1 month
* Private vehicles using dedicated bus and taxi lanes in Dubai (RTA fine) 600      
* Not transporting bicycles safely on car (Abu Dhabi, 30 Dec 2015) 200   7 days  


Table of violations and fines, Article 191 of UAE Federal Bylaw 21, 1995





1 Non-complying with Traffic Officer’s instructions 200 200      
2 Non-complying with Traffic signs and instructions 100      
3 Running away from Traffic Officer 200      
4 Non-Stop when causing an accident or harm to others 100      
5 Abstention to give name and address to Traffic Officer 200      
6 Hindering traffic movement 100      
7 Putting signs on the road damaging or hindering traffic movement 100      
8 Stopping the vehicle along sidewalk or without observing the distance duly defined 100      
9 Stopping the vehicle in a manner causing danger or hindering sidewalk 100      
10 Non-taking necessary procedures for safety of traffic when vehicle broken 100      
11 Attempting entering a road without being sure of being empty causing sidewalk hindering 200      
12 Excess Speed (detected by Radar) 200      
13 Driving below minimum speed limit for roads. 100      
14 Driving recklessly or in a manner endangering public 200      
15 Passing red light 500      
16 Turning with vehicle from a place not specified for such or wrong turning 100      
17 Driving contrary to the line 200      
18 Getting into a prohibited place 200      
19 Turning back in a dangerous way 100      
20 Non-preference of emergency, police, public service and seasonal parades 200      
  not completed ...        

*Not in original list of traffic offences.

UAE traffic law amendments and proposals

Note that approval by the UAE Federal Traffic Council does not mean a new law is in effect. The amendments still have to go to the UAE Federal Cabinet and/or the UAE Ministry of Interior before becoming law. Time frame for proposed changes could be months, years, or never.

  • 28 Dec 2014 - Dubai RTA announced automatic AED 600 penalty for private vehicles using dedicated bus lanes from 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Mar 2014. First phase would place cameras on Naif Rd. Dubai Police patrols would also hand out fines. Announcement didn't say what would happen after the end of the period. Vehicles permitted to use the dedicated bus lanes are public buses, taxis, Dubai Police, Civil Defence, and ambulances on emergency calls. Private vehicles can use dedicated lanes to enter or exit adjoining roads.
  • 17 May 2014 - Abu Dhabi Traffic Police announced a revised punishment for overtaking on the hard shoulder, reportedly applicable to all UAE emirates, of 600 dhs fine (unchanged), 10 black points (increase from 6 points), and a prison sentence of up to one month for offenders. Date new punshments take effect not provided.
  • 19 Apr 2014 - Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen said the council had proposed increased penalties for:
    • Drivers speeding more than 60kph over the speed limit, vehicles confiscated for 2 months instead of 1 month, fine increased from AED 1,000 to AED 2,000, and 12 black points (unchanged).
    • Smoking inside a private vehicle punishable by AED 200 fine and 4 black points.
    • Heavy vehicle (over 3 tonnes) drivers going through a red light penalty of AED 5,000 fine and 23 black points (increased from 12 points).
  • 13 Apr 2014 (Emarat Al Youm) - Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen said proposals under consideration included:
    • Women adding make-up while driving their cars
    • Men getting dressed or putting on their gutra while driving
    • Eating, drinking, or reading while driving
    • Speaking or texting by mobile phones while driving
    • Wearing sunglasses at night while driving
    • *Law enforcement officials not permitted to issue seat belt fines in the absence of drivers. What? We didn't get it.
  • 16 Feb 2014 - UAE Traffic Council approved proposal to lower minimum driving age from 18 to 17 years old.
  • 04 Feb 2014 - Salah Bu Farousha Al Falasi, head of the Dubai Traffic Prosecution department, was reported to have said at a media conference that a proposal had been sent to the UAE Ministry of Interior to "amend amend the Traffic Law by introducing new and specific articles pertaining to fatal accidents caused by jumping a red signal" (Gulf News and other reports). Specifically:
    • Jail for 3-7 years and AED 30,000 fine if 3 or more people killed after going through a red light.
    • Jail for minimum 1 year and AED 20,000 fine if 1 or 2 people killed.
  • 09 Nov 2013 - new federal UAE Traffic Council to be formed to consider traffic related issues in the UAE including amendments to UAE Traffic Law. New proposals to be presented to the UAE Cabinet. Council chairman will be Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen (Al Zafin), he is:
    • Director General of the Dubai Police Traffic Department
    • Assistant Police Commander for Operations in Dubai
    • now also Head of the UAE Federal Traffic Council

White points system in the UAE

  • 19 Nov 2013 (Gulf Today - 'Dubai Police increase awards for white points'): A driver is awarded one white point per month if no traffic offences committed during that month, up to a maximum of 12 white points. Drivers receive awards and prizes when 12 white points are collected - but only for Dubai registered drivers?


  • Parent category - Dubai Police, RTA.
  • Child pages - none.
  • Related pages - Dubai Police traffic fines, driving in Dubai.

References, sources

  • www.adpolice.gov.ae/en/portal/blackpoint.table.aspx
  • www.adpolice.gov.ae/en/portallist/mcontent/black.points.aspx
  • www.dubaipolice.gov.ae/dp/jsps/content/flat-content.do?contentCode=84787 (last update 09 Dec 2013)
  • www.dubaipolice.gov.ae/dp/english/savePage.jsp?Id=11137
  • www.dubaipolice.gov.ae/smartphoneservices/infoandprocedures/en/trafficviolation.html
  • www.evg.ae/_layouts/EVG/Important_Link/Black_Points.aspx
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