8.7m speeding offences recorded in UAE last year

A total of 626 drivers were fined in 2019 for driving too slow and below the minimum speed limit.

More than 8.7 million speeding offences were recorded on the UAE roads last year, according to authorities.

The figures from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) show that speeding violations last year are slightly lower compared to the 8.9 million offences registered during 2018.

Majority of the violations were “drivers exceeding speed limit by not more than 20kmph” while the most serious speeding offences were committed by motorists “exceeding speed limit by┬ámore than 80kmph”.

Traffic authorities said that 626 drivers were fined last year for driving too slow and below the minimum speed limit. The fine for driving below the minimum speed limit is Dh400.

Top three traffic offences in 2019
> Speeding

> Sudden change of lanes

> Jumping the red lights
Last year, the MoI reported that the number of road traffic deaths in the UAE had fallen by 34.2 per cent in five years, down from 712 in 2014 to 468 in 2018.┬áMost of the crashes on UAE roads result from speeding, sudden change of lanes, drivers’ inattentiveness, tailgating and jumping the red lights.

The ministry said the UAE has achieved one of the highest levels of global traffic safety in recent years by reducing the number of accidents and resulting deaths while making great strides towards meeting the national index, which is set to reduce mortality to three per 100,000 by 2021.

The UAE is working to develop and improve traffic rules and safety by focusing on several factors, the most important of which include traffic control, raising awareness, engineering procedures, medical services and ambulances, as well as providing children and adolescents with traffic safety education to instil a safe road attitude at an early age.

Know the law

According to the UAE traffic law, exceeding the maximum speed limit by more than 80 kmph attracts a fine of Dh3,000, 23 black points and impounding the vehicle for a period 60 days for light vehicles. Exceeding the maximum speed limit by more than 60 kmph, the driver gets a fine of Dh2,000, 12 black points and the car is impounded for a period of 30 days.

A motorist who exceeds the maximum speed limit by no more than 60 kmph faces a fine of Dh1,500, six black points and the car is impounded for 15 days, according to the law. Exceeding the maximum speed limit by no more than 50 km/hour attracts a fine of Dh1,000.




Ismail Sebugwaawo


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