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Dubai Traffic Fines from RTA and Dubai Police

Find a complete list of Dubai's traffic fines from the RTA and Dubai Police

Posted on

30 July 2013

Last updated on 14 January 2020
Dubai Traffic Fines from RTA and Dubai Police

Here we take a look at the RTA in Dubai (Road & Transport Authority) and Dubai Traffic Police and the rules and regulations for driving in Dubai, the fines and points for offences and how to pay your fines online.

A new law is soon to be implemented by the RTA, in which drinking, eating and applying make-up while driving can soon be considered as a driving offence.

Considered as a ‘driving in a dangerous manner,’ by the Federal Traffic Council, recommended that the following behaviours should be unlawful, as they post a risk of safety for motorists on the road.

  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Applying make-up
  • Adjusting head scarves
  • Taking a selfie
  • Reading
  • Watching television in cars
  • Smoking

The new violations recommendation is said to result in a AED 1000 fine, 12 black points and confiscation of your vehicle for 30 days. 

Dubai Police traffic violations and fines

Here is a full list of the Dubai Police traffic violations, the fine amount, the black points awarded for the infringement and the length of time of vehicle impoundment or possibly prison. The list also includes fines surrounding the Dubai Tram, and pedestrians who will encounter traffic or transport. 

Related to Dubai's Tram

Description Fines amount in AED Driver's Licence Suspension
Jumping a red light at a tramway intersection, without causing an accident Between 2,000 - 5,000 Between 30 days - three months
Jumping a red light at a tramway intersection, causing a non-fatal accident Between 3,000 - 6,000 Between 30 days - six months
Jumping a red light at a tramway intersection, causing a fatal accident Between 15,000 - 30,000 Between one - three years
Owners, contractors or operators who break safety procedures Between 100,000 - 500,000

On the road while driving
Description Fines amount in AED Black Points Prison Sentence Vehicle Confiscation Period
Tailgating while driving 400 4    
Driving dangerously (racing) 2000 12   30 Days
Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or similar substances Decided by court 24   60 Days
Driving a vehicle without number plates 1000 24   60 Days
Causing death of others Decided by court 12   30 Days
Not stopping after causing an accident that resulted in injuries Decided by court 24   60 Days
Reckless driving 2000 12   30 Days
Exceeding maximum speed limit by more than 60km/h 1000 12   30 Days
Driving in a way that is dangerous to the public 1000 12   30 Days
Jumping a red light 800 8   15 Days
Running away from a traffic policeman 800 12   30 Days
Dangerous overtaking by trucks 800 24   60 Days
Causing a car to overturn Decided by court 8   -
Causing serious injuries Decided by court 8   -
Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 60km/h 900 6   -
Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 50km/h 800 -   -
Overtaking on the hard shoulder 600 10 1 month -
Entering road dangerously 600 6   -
Causing moderate injury Decided by court 6   -
Heavy vehicle lane discipline 600 6   -
Overtaking from a prohibited place 600 6   -
Causing serious damage to a vehicle Decided by court 6   -
Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 40km/h 700 -   -
Parking in fire hydrant places, spaces allocated for people with special needs and ambulance parking 1000 4   -
Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 30km/h 600 -   -
Driving against traffic 400 4   -
Allowing children under 10 years old to sit in the front seat of a vehicle 400 4   -
Failure to fasten seat belt while driving 400 4   -
Failure to leave a safe distance 400 4   -
Failure to fasten in children correctly while driving  400 4    
Failure to follow the directions of a traffic policeman   -   -
Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 20km/h 500 -   -
Entering a road without ensuring that it is clear 400 4   -
Exceeding permitted level of car window tinting 500 -   30 Days
Not giving way to emergency, police and public service vehicles or official convoys 500 4   -
Driving a heavy vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions 500 -   30 Days
Failure to stop after causing an accident 500 -   -
Driving a noisy vehicle 500 -   30 Days
Allowing others to drive a vehicle for which they are unlicensed 500 -   -
Loading a heavy vehicle in a way that may pose danger to others or to the road 500 6   7 Days
Overload or protruding load from a heavy vehicle without permission 500 6    7 Days
Driving a vehicle that causes pollution 500 -   -
Stopping on the road for no reason 500 4   -
Stopping on a yellow box 500 -   -
Not giving pedestrians way on pedestrian crossings 500 6   -
Failure to abide by traffic signs and directions 500 -   -
Throwing waste from vehicles onto roads 500 4   -
Refusing to give traffic police name and address when required 500 -   -
Stopping vehicle on the left side of the road in prohibited places 500 -   -
Stopping vehicle on pedestrian crossing 500 -   -
Teaching driving in a training vehicle that does not bear a learning sign 500 -   -
Teaching driving in a non-training vehicle without permission from licensing authority 500 -   -
Placing marks on the road that may damage the road or block traffic 500 -   -
Operating industrial, construction and mechanical vehicles and tractors without permission from licensing authority 500 -   7 Days
Modifying vehicle’s engine without permission 400 -   -
Modifying vehicle’s chasses without permission 400 -   -
Changing vehicle’s color without permission 400 -   -
Exceeding maximum speed limit by not more than 10km/h 400 -   -
Driving with a driving license issued by a foreign country except in permitted cases 400 -   -
Violating the terms of the driving license 300 -   -
Parking behind vehicles and blocking their movement 300 -   -
Towing a vehicle or a boat with an unprepared vehicle 300 -   -
Driving a vehicle that omits gases or fumes with substances exceeding permitted rates 300 -   -
Leaving a vehicle on the road with its engine running 300 -   -
No lights on the back or sides of trailer container 200 -   -
Lights on the back or sides of container not working 200 -   -
Taxis, which have designated pickup areas, stopping in undesignated places 200 4   -
Prohibited entry 200 4   -
Blocking traffic 200 -   -
Vehicle unfit for driving 200 -   7 Days
Driving a light vehicle that does not comply with safety and security conditions 200 -   7 Days
Not lifting exhaust of trucks 200 -   7 Days
Not covering loads of trucks 3000 -   7 Days
Using vehicle for purposes other than designated 200 4   7 Days
Heavy vehicle prohibited entry 200 4   7 Days
Violating loading or unloading regulations in parking 200 4    7 Days
Carrying and transporting passengers illegally 200 4   7 Days
Writing phrases or placing stickers on vehicle without permission 200 -   -
Not taking road safety measures during vehicle breakdowns 200 -   -
Turning at undesignated points 200 4   -
Turning the wrong way 200 4   -
Loading a light vehicle in a way that may pose a danger to others or to the road 200 3   7 Days
Overload or protruding load on light vehicles without permission 200 3   7 Days
Stopping vehicle without keeping the distance specified by the law from a curve or junction 200 -   -
Transporting passengers by vehicle undesignated for this purpose 200 4   -
Sudden swerve 200 4   -
Driving a taxi without required license 200 4   -
Carrying passengers in driving training vehicle 200 4   -
Driving a taxi with an expired warranty 200 -   -
Reversing dangerously 200 -   -
Taxi refusing to carry passengers 200 4   -
Falling or leaking load 3000 12   30 Days
Not securing vehicle while parked  200 -   -
Parking in prohibited places 200 2   -
Parking in loading and offloading areas without need 200 -   -
Parking on road shoulder except in cases of emergency 200 -   -
Using multi-colored lights 200 -   -
Not wearing helmet while driving motorbike 200 4   -
Exceeding passenger limit 200 3   -
Driving with tires in poor condition 200 -   7 Days
Driving with an expired driving license 200 3   -
Not renewing vehicle registration after expiry 400 -   -
Driving unlicensed vehicle 200 -   7 Days
Violation of laws of using commercial number plates 200 -   -
Not fixing number plates in designated places 200 2   -
Driving with one number plate 200 2   -
Driving at night or in foggy weather without lights 200 4   -
Using not matching number plates for trailer and container 200 -   -
Not fixing reflective stickers at the back of trucks and heavy vehicles 200 -   -
Not using indicators when changing direction or turning 200 3   -
Not giving way for vehicles to pass on the left 200 -   -
Not giving way to vehicles coming from the left where required 200 -   -
Stopping a vehicle in a way that may pose danger or block traffic 200 3   -
Failure to have vehicle examined after carrying out major modification to engine or body 200 -   7 Days
Using training vehicles outside of timings specified by licensing authority 200 -   -
Using training vehicles in places not designated by licensing authority 200 -   -
Overtaking from the right 200 4   -
Overtaking in a wrong way 200 3   -
Driving an unlicensed vehicle 200 -   7 Days
Abuse of parking space 200 3   -
Number plates with unclear numbers 200 3   -
Violating tariff 200 6   -
Light vehicle lane discipline 200 2   -
Parking vehicles on pavement 200 3   -
Not showing vehicle registration card when required 200 -   -
Not showing driving license when required 200 -   -
Not fixing taxi sign where required 200 -   -
Not fixing a sign indicating licensed overload 200 3   -
Using interior lights for no reason while driving 100 -   -
Failure to abide by specified color for taxis or training cars 200 -   -
Failure to display tariff of buses or taxis or not showing them when required 200 -   -
Broken lights 200 6   -
Using horn in prohibited areas 200 2   -
Driving below minimum speed limit 200 -   -
Failure to keep taxis and buses clean inside and outside 200 -   -
Smoking inside taxis and buses 200 -   -
Using hand-held mobile phone while driving 200 4   -
Not abiding by taxi drivers obligatory uniform or not keeping it in good condition 100 -   -
Calling on passengers in the presence of signs 100 -   -
Not displaying truck’s load on both sides 100 -   -
Not carrying driving license while driving 100 -   -
Not carrying vehicle registration card while driving 100 -   -
Driving without spectacles or contact lenses 100 -   -
Not using interior light in buses at night 100 -   -
Broken indicator lights 100 2   -
Using horn in a disturbing way 100 2   -
Having no red light at the back of vehicle 100 -   -
Opening left door of taxi 100 3   -
Pedestrians crossing from undesignated places (if any existed), a.k.a pedestrians jaywalking 200 -   -
Obscene hand gestures towards other drivers     1 month  
Private vehicles using dedicated bus and taxi lanes in Dubai 600      
Having mobile phone in hand while stopped at traffic lights 200      
Applying make-up or combing hair while driving 1000 12   1 month
Issuing a replacement of a traffic accident report 100      
Reissuing traffic certificates 150      
Driver who has caused an accident, requiring Dubai Police to visit site 400      
Removal of a car from the road 100      
Removal of a truck from the road 200      
To keep a heavy truck in vehicle seizure area 100      
To transport a car or motorcycle from one place to another inside of the emirate 500      
To transport heavy trucks from one place to another inside of the emirate 1000      
To transport cranes from one place to another inside of the emirate 2000      
A night work permit 100   parking meter  
Replace a lost work permit/certificate 50 car handsfree   speeding ticket
To issue a to-whom-it-may-concern certificate 75      

The above is from the Dubai Police website; please visit their website for more information. - Drive safe!

Top tips to avoid Dubai Police Fines:

1. Don't speed- it is quite easy to avoid getting fines really! Stick to the speed limits- there is even usually a 10- 20 km leeway but don't rely on this- some speed cameras are set at 1km above the speed limit- it is just not worth the risk.

2. Park in the right place- if you park in a metered zone- pay at the meter- you can even do this by SMS now. Make a note of the time the ticket expires- set an alarm on your phone so you don't forget. There are a lot of dusty sand lots that people do use for parking- the rule of thumb is as long as you haven't driven up and over a kerb or a pavement to get access to the area you should be ok to park there.

3. Use your hands free kit- either in car or a head piece if you really must answer the phone whilst driving. If you use your handset and are holding it you can get fined.

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4. Always use your seat belt- not only is it an imperative for safety, which goes without saying- you can get fined if caught not wearing it... make sure all your passengers are wearing theirs too.

5. Never, ever jump a red light! Not only is it highly dangerous it carries severe penalties- the traffic light system was changed a while ago to have the green light start flashing approx 20 seconds before it goes to amber. This is a great indicator that the lights are going to change- as amber to red happens quite quickly. If the green lights start to flash- this means start to slow down- not to speed up to get through them!

6. Never drink and drive... nothing needs to be added to this one!

Online Dubai Police fine checker

Did you know you can check any traffic fines you may have got in the UAE on the Dubai Police website- saves any nasty surprises when you come to re-register your car.

Here is the link:

Driving fines in Dubai

You can check the status of your traffic file and see if you have any fines- you can also pay online too. It sometimes takes a few days for your fines to appear on the system so if you have been issued a ticket for bad parking for example- check the site over a few days to wait for it to show up before you can pay it online.

You may log into the Dubai Police website and register for free notification SMSs and/or e-mails. You will need to provide your vehicle information (plate number, category and code) as well your driver information (traffic file number, name, mobile number and e-mail).You have to clear your traffic fines in full before you can re-register any of your cars. It really is best to not save your fines all up till registration time- pay them off as you get them so you don't get hit with a massive bill.

Vehicle impounding in Dubai

Following a new decree issued by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, aimed at ensuring traffic safety, reducing traffic accidents and preserving lives and properties, drivers that fall into the following categories will face having their car impounded by Dubai Police:

  • A vehicle will be seized if used in road races
  • Riding quadbikes on paved roads without a prior permit from Dubai Police
  • Vehicles with speed boosters and other illegal modifications causing disturbance to others
  • Expired registration for more than three months without any valid excuse
  • Reckless driving or trying to dodge the police
  • Vehicle with traffic fines exceeding AED 6,000

Dubai Police are also authorised to auction off impounded cars if the owner doesn't make the necessary arrangements to release the car within three months of the vehicle's seizure.