Police say untrained motorists risk jail and heavy fines
Children among more than 800 Abu Dhabi drivers caught without licence
More than 800 drivers were caught behind the wheel without a licence last year, Abu Dhabi Police said, as they also urged parents to ensure their children aren't given access to their cars.
This came as the force announced that 866 people were caught driving without a valid licence in 2017.
Brigadier Ahmed Al Hantubi, deputy director of central operations at Abu Dhabi Police, said that UAE traffic laws requires drivers to produce a valid driving license when requested by traffic patrol police, reminding that drivers should only operate the type of vehicle listed on their licence.
Al Hantubi added that violators can face major penalties, including a maximum prison sentence of 3 months and/or a minimum Dh5,000 fine.
He called on parents to prevent children from driving without a licence and protect the safety of their children and community. He warned that parents who allow children under 18 to drive on the roads, endangering the lives of their children and others, will be held accountable under the juvenile delinquency law.