UAE increases fine for drivers not giving way to emergency vehicles
The UAE's Ministry of Interior has announced that it is increasing the fine issued to drivers that do not give way to emergency vehicles to AED3,000 ($820).
Offending vehicles can also be seized for 30 days and drivers will be penalised six traffic points, it said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM.
The decision, which will come into force on July 1, aims to improve road and traffic safety, reduce the number of deaths resulting from traffic accidents, the ministry added.
It also recently announced that it will conduct civil patrols to monitor violations against emergency and official vehicles, through its smart systems, road-mounted cameras and patrol vehicles.
The ministry said that road users must listen to emergency sirens and identify the lights of emergency vehicles, and everyone must take their responsibility and ensure safety by giving priority to these vehicles.