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Dubai Doubles Down: Fines for Both Speed Demons and Slowpokes

Dubai Doubles Down: Fines for Both Speed Demons and Slowpokes

Dubai Doubles Down: Fines for Both Speed Demons and Slowpokes

Dubai Doubles Down: Fines for Both Speed Demons and Slowpokes

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  • Driving slowly in the fast lane can cause accidents.
  • Dubai imposes a fine for slow driving in the fast lane.
  • Dubai will fine Dh400 for driving below 120 kmph in fast lanes.
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It’s not always safe to drive slowly; if an automobile uses the high-speed lanes without yielding to oncoming traffic, serious issues may arise.

The first lane from the left is designated for overtaking vehicles and emergency response vehicles, according to Dubai Police. Residents of the United Arab Emirates frequently use the first lane, which is supposed to be kept free unless absolutely necessary, to continuously drive at the fastest speed allowed.

Expert instructors such as Mohammed Asif warn drivers about the risks associated with dominating the first lane. “Staying in the first lane of the road with your speed under the designated speed limit often leads to more chances of accidents than one would think,” he said to Khaleej Times.

“People driving on 130kmph in the first two lanes on a 140kmph road don’t expect to brake suddenly to go under 100kmph. So forcing other people to drive according to your (slow) speed is irresponsible,” said Asif.

The authorities have introduced fines to deter sluggish driving on high-speed roads. The Abu Dhabi Police used X (previously Twitter) in April 2023 to alert locals of a Dh400 fine for exceeding 120 mph in the first two lanes of a 140 mph expressway. The Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Road, which links Dubai and Abu Dhabi, was affected by the fine.

‘Not worth the fines’

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Basma, a 34-year-old expat Egyptian, was taken aback when, while traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi for the weekend, she was informed that she had been fined for using the first lane of a designated 140 kmph speed limit.

“I wasn’t aware of the driving under 120kmph rule when I went to Abu Dhabi. I thought that the message was sent to the wrong person at first because I had only been fined for driving above the speed limit before that, never below,” said Basma.

Authorities in the UAE and Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) advise locals to continuously monitor updates distributed through various channels for changes in regulations in order to avert inadvertent infringement of the law.

“You hear drivers fined for over speeding quite often but it makes sense that slow driving would be fined too since it could endanger drivers who aren’t expecting a sudden drop in speed. Deciding to not go with the speed of the road is definitely not worth the fine,” said Basma.

Always follow the rules

Driving teacher Asif advised adhering to the laws and regulations of the road as the greatest practice for road safety for both you and other vehicles. He frequently gives his students the particular advice to never defy the laws governing the maximum or minimum speed restriction on public roadways or residential streets.

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“When on the road, we can’t always know the other driver’s thought process and cannot always judge their behaviour correctly. It is better to always give way to drivers requesting it,” said Asif.

On social media, the Abu Dhabi Police frequently shares films and advisories about road safety for citizens of the United Arab Emirates. The authority claimed that the purpose of enforcing a minimum speed limit on the Abu Dhabi roadway was to improve driver safety overall and reduce the likelihood of collisions.

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