New UAE traffic rules take effect from this July

Motorists in Dubai have once again been urged to refrain from activities that distract from driving as UAE prepares to roll out new penalties and rules to improve road safety, starting July 1, 2017.

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saif Al-Zafin, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police for Operations Affairs and Chairman of the Federal Traffic Council, confirmed that the ministerial decision No. 178 of 2017 on the rules and procedures of traffic control and the new traffic violations and fines are set to be implemented by July 1.

Al Zafin said that the new traffic rules will be tough, adding activities – without quoting any examples – that distract drivers while they are driving, will result in a fine of Dh800.

He further elaborated that motorists caught busy behind the wheels using their mobile phone will be subject to fines.

The purpose of these new rules is to prevent drivers from being distracted away from the road and avoid accidents.

Major General Al-Zafin clarified that drivers can eat or drink when they stop at the traffic signal or when they are parked, takin all necessary measures to protect themselves. But they should not stop at the shoulder of the road without a valid reason.

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