Hefty fines for street racers, loud vehicles in Dubai
Dubai has announced a raft of new penalties for road traffic offences that will lead to a vehicle being seized and impounded by the emirate’s authorities.
Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued the decree which will allow local police to seize vehicles with the aim of ensuring safety.
Dubai Police will seize a vehicle that has been involved in street racing and issue a fine of AED100,000 ($27,000) for the offence.
Police will also impound recreational motorcycles riding on paved roads with a AED50,000 ($13,600) fine issued for that offence.
Police will also be able to seize vehicles which have been modified to increase the speed limit or loud noise while driving.
Drivers who amass fines of over AED6,000 or who haven’t renewed the licence for three months are also at risk of having their vehicle impounded.
The decree also states a non-national driver of a heavy-duty truck will be deported if he crosses a red light.
Last week, Sheikh Mohammed signed a new law that allows Dubai officials to sell a vehicle that has been impounded in the emirate for more than three months. After the vehicle is sold, the owner will be refunded the remainder of the funds left after the deduction of fines, fees and penalties.