By Gavin Gibbon
Dubai Police confirms that the fast lane of highways is for overtaking only
Drivers caught tailgating in Dubai will face a AED400 fine.
But police have warned a failure to move from the fast lane, even if motorists are adhering to the speed limit, will result in a similar AED400 fine.
In a Twitter conversation, a concerned motorist contacted the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority: “Dear RTA, I have a quick morning question for you. If I am on the fast lane and on the speed limit (say, 120km/h) and a maniac at say 140km/h (over the speed limit) is tailgating/flashing his headlights at me to get out of the lane… Am I within my rights to not move?”
To which Dubai Police replied: “In the fast lane, yes you have to move otherwise you will get a fine: 400dh…”
The left lane is considered the fast lane but Dubai Police affirmed that this should only be used to overtake, with the driver returning to the right lane once the manoeuvre is complete.
The concerned motorists continued: “Thanks a lot for the response and the clarification. I hope the person breaking the speed limit and tailgating is also FINED as well – because tailgating is the leading cause of accidents in the region.”
Yes, Driving in a way that poses danger to driver's life or lives, and safety of others causes fine of: 2000 dhs , OR , Failure to leave safety distance will get fine of: 400
And you can report it to: 901
Thank you for contacting us— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) January 18, 2020
The police confirmed that failing to leave a safe distance carries a fine of AED400, while dangerous driving is punished with a AED2,000 fine.
According to the latest edition of an annual road safety study, commissioned by RoadSafetyUAE and QIC Insured and conducted by YouGov in August last year, UAE motorists recorded over the previous six months an eight percent drop in dangerous driving and a 12 percent fall in tailgating.
Earlier this month, police in Abu Dhabi activated an automatic smart system and stationary radars to detect motorists who fail to maintain safe driving distances between themselves and other vehicles.