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Drivers could be fined for reading, putting on make-up

Penalties being considered for other activities while behind the wheel, including fixing headgear, talking on phone

Drivers could be fined for reading, putting on make-up
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UAE drivers are expected to soon be penalised for doing other activities while behind the wheel, such as putting on make-up, fixing headwear and reading.

The Federal Traffic Council has been discussing how to make drivers pay greater attention on the road and local media reports suggest they have recommended penalties for “negligence”.

Increasing the punishment for reckless driving, racing and exceeding the speed limit by more than 60km/h also is being considered.

The fine for driving 60km/h over the limit could reach AED2000 ($544), while the vehicle also would be impounded for two months.

The emirates has been improving its driving laws for the past few years, including tightening controls on new drivers.

In February, the Council backed a plan to reduce the legal driving age from 18 to 17.

The idea is being considered by the Ministry of Interior for approval.

Earlier this week it was revealed a total of 494,760 traffic offences were recorded in Dubai during January and February this year, 7DAYS newspaper reported.

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