The UAE has introduced higher penalties on motorists who block emergency vehicles on the roads
17 June 2019| Last updated on 23 June 2019
Drivers are warned with a tripled fine for obstructing emergency vehicles on the road.
The Ministry of Interior (MOI) announced on social media that the fine for drivers who do not make way for emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, police cars, fire rescues, including official parade vehicles, is set at AED 3,000 effective on July 1.
Giving way allows first-responders to save lives and reduce their time to reach incidents across the city.
Previously, the Federal Traffic Law’s penalty for obstructing was AED 1,000 and six black points.
Under the new law, drivers will face the AED 3,000 fine and the penalty will also have the offending vehicle confiscated for 30 days and they will receive six black points.
Responsibility of abiding by road rules
It was also announced that civil patrols will be conducted to monitor potential violations via round-mounted cameras, smart systems, and police patrol vehicles. The Ministry is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the UAE public and is urging motorists to keep consistent awareness while on the road.
Drivers must keep an ear and eye out for emergency sirens and the identifying lights of emergency vehicles, and make it a priority to give away.