Abu Dhabi Police to clamp down on drivers without a license

Driving without a license is a serious crime anywhere in the world even in the UAE. With the recent crash that took the lives of four passengers in the capital, Abu Dhabi Police are getting stricter when it comes to driving without a license.

Lieutenant-Colonel Abdullah Al Suwaidim deputy director of the Department of External Zones at Abu Dhabi Police Department of Traffic and Patrols explained “Apart from being a huge violation, driving a car without a license is very dangerous and poses threat to both the driver and other road users,”

If anyone is caught driving without a license in the UAE capital, they will incur an AED 5,000 fine and/or a three-month jail sentence.

“We urge all motorists to abide by the traffic rules, avoid recklessness and not flout speed limits,” said Al Suwaidi.

He also expressed that Police in Abu Dhabi will now be even stricter with those caught breaking the rules to improve road safety. The authorities stressed to the public to not allow their children to get behind the wheel until they have obtained a license. It is not only for their safety but for the safety of other road users.

According to reports, in 2017, 866 tickets were issued to drivers caught driving without a license.

In the first half of 2018, 342 drivers were caught by police in Abu Dhabi driving without a license, all of which were minors who were also involved in 17 traffic accidents during that period.

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