Are you a new driver in the United Arab Emirates? If so, you should be aware of a number of rules that apply to just one document—your driving license.
For instance, did you know that driving without your license on you might result in a Dh400 fine?
According to Ministerial Resolution No. 178 for the year 2017 on Rules and Procedures of Traffic Control, the following is a list of all fines related to driving licenses:
- 1. Driving with a foreign-issued license, unless otherwise permitted, will result in a Dh400 punishment.
It is crucial to obtain a driving license issued in the UAE if you stay there. To do this, you can either take some driving lessons to earn a UAE driving license or change your current license into one.
Even if you have a license from another nation, you risk a fine of Dh400 if you don’t comply. If you are a visitor to the UAE and have a driver’s license from a nation whose license is recognized by UAE authorities, such as the UK and EU, you are an exemption to this regulation.
2. Driving a vehicle while in possession of a license that is not permitted on your license will result in a $400 fine and 12 black points.
A license granted in the UAE makes it very clear what kind of vehicle the license holder is allowed to operate. This can be a motorcycle, a big vehicle, or a “light motor vehicle.”
You risk a Dh400 fine and 12 black points if you are found operating a vehicle that is not listed on your license.
3. Driving a car with an expired license will result in a $500 fine and 4 black points.
seven-day car impoundment period for light vehicles
If you don’t renew your driver’s license, you will not only be subject to a Dh10 fine per month that it remains expired, but you could also be subject to severe penalties if you are discovered driving while your license is still valid. You won’t just have to pay a Dh500 fine; your driving record will also have four black points and be impounded for seven days.
4. Not having driver’s license attracts a Dh400 punishment
If you carefully examine your license, you will notice that it has the instruction “This license should be with you when you are driving and should be presented on demand to an authorized person” plainly printed on the back.
5. Driving without your license on you is a traffic infraction that carries a Dh400 punishment.
If you have received the maximum number of black points for failing to turn in your driver’s license, you will be fined between Dh1,000 and Dh3,000.
While simple traffic infractions, like going a little over the speed limit or parking improperly, may result in a financial punishment, more serious infractions, like reckless driving, may result in the imposition of black points on a driver’s license.
A driver is only allowed to accrue a maximum of 24 black points before their license is suspended and their case is heard in court.
However, you would have to surrender your license to the authorities if you engaged in a traffic infraction that resulted in 24 black points, such as driving while intoxicated or high. If this is your first traffic infraction, failure to comply will result in a fine of Dh1,000.
If this is your second infraction, the fine will be doubled to Dh2,000, and if it is your third, the fine will be Dh3,000.