Dubai has introduced stricter penalties in its amended traffic law to enhance traffic safety and protect the lives and properties of individuals in the emirate. The new amendments, effective from

July 6, aim to strengthen the enforcement of penalties for traffic violations, reduce accidents, and promote a safer environment on the roads.

Decree No. 30 of 2023, issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, introduces amendments to certain articles of Decree No. 29 of 2015, specifically related to the impoundment of vehicles belonging to owners who commit serious violations on the road.

Under the new amendments, vehicles involved in road races without prior permission and recreational motorcycles riding on paved roads will be impounded. Non-Emirati drivers of heavy-duty trucks who jump red lights will face deportation, and a fine of Dh50,000 will be imposed on those who commit this violation.

Dubai Police will also have the authority to seize vehicles that have been modified to increase speed limits or emit loud noise while driving. Vehicles with traffic fines exceeding Dh6,000, those with fake or unclear number plates, and vehicles driven recklessly or posing a danger to others or attempting to escape from the police can also be impounded.

The fees for impounding vehicles are specified in the decree. Vehicles participating in road races without permission will face a fine of Dh100,000, while recreational motorcycles riding on paved roads will incur a fine of Dh50,000.

Impoundment periods vary based on the type of violation committed, and the maximum impounding period for each case will be determined by the Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police in coordination with relevant authorities.

Impounded vehicles can be released once all fines related to the vehicle have been paid, violations have been rectified or the causes have been addressed, and any other conditions set by Dubai Police have been met.

To release an impounded vehicle involved in road races, the owner will need to pay Dh100,000, while motorcyclists driving recreational motorcycles on paved roads will have to pay Dh50,000. Reckless drivers and those who jump red signals will also need to pay Dh50,000 to retrieve their vehicles.

The amendments to the traffic law aim to create a safer and more disciplined traffic environment in Dubai, encouraging responsible driving and reducing the number of traffic violations and accidents on the roads. Photo by Paasikivi, Wikimedia commons.