Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 22 August 2019

Police patrols to enforce new UAE rules of road on Saturday

Police patrols will be out in force on Saturday as mandatory seatbelt laws and other rules are introduced, and police officers warning there will be 'no leniency' for offenders.
Dubai Police will be on the roads to catch drivers out this weekend.  Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Dubai Police will be on the roads to catch drivers out this weekend. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

SHARJAH // Police patrols will be out in force on Saturday as mandatory seat belt laws and other rules are introduced, and police officers warning there will be “no leniency” for offenders.

Drivers will be fined Dh400 unless every occupant of their vehicle is buckled up.

A total of 17 articles in the law focus on re-examining traffic violations, with higher fines and additional black points for some offences.

Extra patrols will be deployed to ensure motorists’ compliance with the new rules.

Among the latest fines is the confiscation of cars whose drivers are caught endangering lives as a result of their driving.

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“Our aim is to enhance safety on the roads and not to fine motorists. However, police will show no leniency towards those who are caught violating the rules and heavy fines will be given,” said Brigadier Saif Al Zari, commander-in-chief of Sharjah Police.

He said there was no excuse for failing to buckle up and that children cannot be placed on a parent’s lap on share a seatbelt.

“Each person in the vehicle must wear a seatbelt – one person-one seatbelt,” Brig Al Zari said.

Ninety police patrols or more will be on Sharjah’s busiest five roads this weekend, watching for those travelling without seat belts and swerving between lanes, among other offences. “Special police patrols will be deployed across the emirate’s streets and will penalise those drivers who do not comply with the new rules, including the use of seat belts for all passengers and children’s

“The new rules will serve as a strong deterrent to prevent motorists from committing violations. The hefty fines will make them think twice before breaking rules.”

Dubai Police will also be on the roads to catch drivers out.

“Stricter penalties must be imposed on traffic violators who might endanger themselves and others’ lives,” Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazrouei, director of the traffic department at Dubai Police.

The UAE aims to reduce road deaths to three for every 100,000 people by 2021 from the 5.99 deaths for every 100,000 recorded in 2015.

Other changes to the law cover the issuing of shorter driving licences, meaning drivers with a bad record or health problems are identified sooner.

Residents younger than 21 will continue to receive a one-year licence, while new drivers will get a two-year licence. Expatriates will get a five-year, instead of a 10-year, licence.

nalramahi@thenational.ae

Updated: June 30, 2017 04:00 AM

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