Motorists looking to get a new driver’s license or those whose licenses are up for renewal, pay attention.
Starting from July 1, drivers in the UAE will be subject to a whole new set of rules.
UAE’s Ministry of Interior announced earlier this week that instead of renewing the driver’s license every ten years, expatriates will now have to renew their license every five years. Emiratis are exempt from the new law and will only have to renew their license every ten years, like before. New drivers of all ages will get a two-year driving license. The license renewal fees stay the same at AED 110.
Also, existing driver’s licenses will not be affected, so you don’t have to worry on that count.
That’s not all though. There are several new traffic rules as well that you need to be aware of:
- Without proper registration and license, you cannot ride a quad bike, motorcycle, tricycle or electric scooter.
- You cannot drive in the residential areas at speeds more than 40km/h.
- The traffic licensing authorities will consult with the health authorities to ensure that patients with certain ailments that affect their ability to drive are not issued a license.
- Drivers of all vehicles, when you see public or school buses stop at their authorized places, maintain a distance of at least five meters to let passengers embark and disembark.
- Children of age 10 or more are allowed in the front passenger seat. For children aged four or less, proper protective seats need to be provided.
First, the speeding fines increase and now these new rules. Change is coming, folks! And from the looks of it, it is for the better too. So, let’s make sure we all play our part, heed these new rules, and drive safely and responsibly. What do you say?
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