The UAE has issued a new set of rules and penalties for motorists, including a ‘seat belts for all’ rule, which will take effect, starting 1 July 2017.
With regard to the new seat belt rules, which has been made mandatory for all passengers applicable to both adults and children in the vehicle, if passengers do not fasten their seat belts, or in case there are not sufficient seat belts in the vehicle, they will penalised.
If the number of passengers is more than that the vehicle’s allowed capacity, the driver of the vehicle will be penalised for both over loading and not using seat belts.
Another major change in the law is the introduction of mandatory car seats for children who are less than 4 years of age. Motorists who do not comply will have to pay a fine of AED 400 and will be given four black points.
As per the authorities, doubling of penalties is not aimed at just slapping fines on people, but to protect lives of road users.
The Federal Traffic Council will continue to work towards reducing the number of casualties to atleast three deaths per 100,000 or lesser by 2020.
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