Black points’ penalty can cause suspension of a motorist’s driving license. Read more to know about the traffic violations with highest black points in the UAE.
10 July 2018| Last updated on 19 January 2020
The United Arab Emirates is home to several nationalities, which adds diversity to traffic culture of the country. This diversity makes commuting a challenge for all motorists as driving styles of motorists can range from defensive to reckless based on their approach and understanding of traffic rules in the UAE. Building an understanding about the traffic rules is relatively tougher for expatriates who hail from other countries and find it difficult to adapt to the diverse traffic culture of the country. With more than 100 traffic violations for which motorists can be penalized and a highly advanced traffic monitoring system, authorities in the UAE have left a very small margin of error for motorists.
The fundamental penalties for traffic violations in the UAE include a traffic fine, black points issued against the offender’s driving license and confiscation of the vehicle. It is important for motorists to know that black points issued against a driver’s license is a serious traffic penalty that can lead to the suspension of the license for a period of one year.
Understanding the Black Points System in the UAE
Traffic points or black points are issued by authorities against the driving license of motorists to discourage them from committing dangerous traffic violations. Whenever black points are issued against a driver’s license, it takes the black points tally closer to 24, which is the license suspension limit set by authorities in the UAE. A driving license gets suspended for one year if the number of black points issued against it amounts to 24.
Traffic penalties for dangerous violations were increased in the recently amended traffic law as authorities decided to take a tougher stance against offenders. Motorists can now be penalized with even 23 and 24 black points for some violations, which can straightaway lead to the suspension of their driving license.
Traffic Violations with Highest Black Points
As mentioned earlier, the number of black points issued against a driving license vary on the basis of traffic violation committed. Some of the violations have a higher black points’ penalty as compared to others that have a lower penalty.
The table given below provides details of the traffic violations with the highest black points’ penalty in the UAE.
Besides these violations, there are other traffic violations that incur 6, 4 and 2 black points as a penalty. While traffic violations with 23 and 24 black points can potentially cause immediate suspension of a driving license for one year, repeating traffic violations with a lower penalty of black points can also increase the risk of license suspension.
How to Reduce Black Points Against a Driving License?
Traffic authorities in Abu Dhabi have adopted a tougher stance against offenders, however, they still provide opportunities to motorists to learn from their driving mistakes and develop a careful driving approach. For this purpose, authorities regularly organize road safety awareness lectures, which motorists can attend to seek a reduction in their black points’ penalty. One such lecture was recently organized by Abu Dhabi Police in Al Ain where motorists were invited to attend the lecture and get their black points’ penalty reduced.
Motorists should subscribe to the social media channels of traffic authorities for regular updates about their new and upcoming events. Additionally, motorists can also keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in the traffic and transport sector by subscribing to a local online news source that covers the latest traffic and transport stories.
Black points issued against a driving license is a serious traffic penalty that can lead to the suspension of a driver’s license. Road safety situation in the UAE has been improving by the day, thanks to the consistent efforts and well-planned initiatives taken by authorities. It is now the responsibility of motorists to adopt safe driving practices and contribute towards improving the road safety situation in the country.