Jump tram red light and pay a heavy price

In­creased fines is­sued to curb reck­less driv­ing around Dubai net­work

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

Mo­torists who try to beat the Dubai Tram by jump­ing a red light will lose their driv­ing li­cence for up to three months and face a fine of Dhs5,000.

The penalty is part of a new se­ries of fines to crack down on tram vi­o­la­tions.

Reck­less driv­ers who cause a fa­tal­ity at a tram cross­ing face fines of up to Dhs30,000 and hav­ing their li­cences re­voked for up to three years.

Dubai Me­dia Of­fice said last night that HH Sheikh Ham­dan bin Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chair­man of Dubai Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, is­sued a res­o­lu­tion out­lin­ing the new penal­ties.

The move was wel­comed by Salah bu Farousha, the head of Dubai Traf­fic Prose­cu­tion, who said the mea­sures would com­ple­ment ex­ist­ing traf­fic laws.

“Dubai Tram is an im­por­tant trans­port sys­tem and many peo­ple travel on it,” he said.

He added that reck­less driv­ing around the net­work is par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous as an ac­ci­dent puts many lives at risk.

“Dubai gov­ern­ment wants mo­torists to be more care­ful around the tram,” he said.

Bu Farousha said any­one caught jump­ing the lights could face prose­cu­tion in ad­di­tion to the new penal­ties.

In the case of a fa­tal ac­ci­dent, the driver at fault could be jailed for up to three years un­der the pro­pos­als.

In the de­tails of the scheme re­leased yes­ter­day, the min­i­mum fine for caus­ing a fa­tal ac­ci­dent would be Dh15,000.

If the ac­ci­dent re­sulted in non-fa­tal in­juries then the fine would be be­tween Dhs5,000 and Dhs15,000 and the driver would be banned from the road for be­tween six months and one year. The penalty for caus­ing an ac­ci­dent with­out in­juries is a fine of be­tween Dhs3,000 and Dhs6,000 and a ban of 30 days to six months. If a driver is caught jump­ing the light but doesn’t cause a crash then they will be fined be­tween Dhs2,000 and Dhs5,000 and banned from driv­ing for be­tween 30 days and three months. The max­i­mum penalty un­der the cur­rent traf­fic law for jump­ing a red light is 12 black points, an Dhs800 fine and seizure of the ve­hi­cle for up to 30 days. It was not clear whether the driver would be pun­ished un­der ex­ist­ing traf­fic laws as well as the new Dubai Tram fines.

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