Almost a week has passed since the stricter, more comprehensive federal traffic law came into effect in the UAE. And in the first week itself, Dubai Police have issued fines for thousands of traffic offences. This shows a considerable number of motorists are not fully aware of the new regulations.

The most significant among the newly introduced rules is seat belts being made mandatory for all passengers, including children, who should be in a child seat if under the age of four. Until now, only the driver and the front passenger were required by law to buckle up. If any passenger is seen not wearing the seat belt, the driver will be held responsible and fined Dh400 apart from incurring four black points.

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Using hand-held phones while driving will now attract a fine of Dh800 and four black points, while reckless driving will lead to the vehicle being confiscated for 60 days, along with a fine of Dh2,000 and 23 black points. Jumping the red light will get your vehicle impounded for 30 days and get you a fine of Dh1,000 and 12 black points.

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Speeding fines have also been revised with vehicles exceeding the speed limit by more than 80kph set to be fined Dh3,000 along with 23 black points and confiscation of the vehicle for 60 days.

Apart from these, throwing garbage when driving, using quad-bikes on the road, not leaving safe distance between vehicles, overtaking on the hard shoulder, driving a noisy vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving a car with expired tyres, and being caught without valid insurance and registration will all attract stricter punitive measures from now.

The new regulations do mean higher fines, but they will definitely go a long way in improving road safety and reduce the number of accidents and subsequent fatalities. 

You can find the full list of violations and fines here.