Jump tram red light and pay a heavy price
Increased fines issued to curb reckless driving around Dubai network
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.