Motorists Beware: Up to 3 months jail, Dh5,000 fine for driving with suspended licence

Motorists whose driving licences are suspended by court orders and are caught driving shall face a jail and fines.

“The recent amendment of the Federal Traffic Law of 2007 allowed courts to suspend driving licences for different periods. Those whose licences are suspended cannot drive during the suspension periods and should they violate the suspension will face not more than three months jail term and not less than Dh5,000 fine,” warned Chief Traffic Prosecutor, Salah Bu Farousha Al Falasi.

The Dubai Traffic Court suspended 1,314 driving licences in 2012 in response to the Dubai Prosecution request for ‘dangerous driving’, he noted.

The Traffic Court ordered the suspension of 67 licences after the drivers were convicted of being guilty in fatal accidents.

Fifteen motorists had their licences suspended for one year and the rest had suspensions varied between six and three months, said Al Falasi.

The court also suspended licences of 997 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and 38 for driving under the influence of drugs.

Licences of 212 were suspended for other traffic-related violations.

Al Falasi said that the Dubai Attorney General had instructed the Traffic Prosecution to ask the Traffic Courts to suspend driving licences of those involved in serious accidents.

He said that 6,296 traffic accidents had been reported to the Prosecution and the Courts last year and licences of 992 motorists were suspended last year, while there were 7,754 traffic cases in 2011.

“I ask all motorists to abide by the traffic rules and regulations to avoid legal actions. The Prosecution will not be lenient in asking for the implementation of the law and the stated penalties,” he added.

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