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UAE travel: Planning a road trip this summer? Police warn of fines for overloading vehicles

Written by The Frontier Post

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Authorities have asked road-travellers to remain cautious of traffic safety rules ahead of peak travel season. They say that police officials will patrol checkpoints to ensure all rules are being followed.

Police officials from the northern emirates have urged travellers against carrying excess baggage and driving with faulty brakes or tyres.

They have also informed motorists that a fine of Dh2,000 and a penalty of 6 black points would be given to those who do not comply with the rules.

Lt. Saud Al Shaibah, Director of traffic awareness, Sharjah Police said to Khaleej Times that this awareness campaign aims to achieve the highest levels of traffic safety for all motorists.

He added that Sharjah Police usually rolls out traffic safety awareness campaigns just before summer vacations.

Al Shaibah also urged motorists to avoid carrying excess baggage as officials have been asked to weigh luggage and stop anyone carrying more than what is permitted.

A top official at Fujairah Police has also urged motorists to follow all safety measures. He stressed on ensuring periodic maintenance checks during the summer as the heat can damage tyres.

Major General Eng. Mohamed Saif Al Zaffin, Assistant Police Chief for Operations Affairs and Head of the Federal Traffic Council at the Ministry of Interior said that the police attempts to continuously increase awareness of conducting timely maintenance, especially before leaving for a road trip.

He added that one must ensure that the vehicles brakes and tyres are in good shape to ensure the safety of all motorists.

Tips to ensure road safety on trips:

  • Conduct a comprehensive inspection of your vehicle before the trip. Ensure that your tyres are valid, side lights, wind shield wipers, engine, and brakes, are completely functioning. Keep all equipment required to change a tyre, in case of emergency.
  • Ensure that the fire extinguisher is working.
  • Fasten your seat belt while driving and keep children seated in the back.
  • Monitor the level of fuel and keep refilling the car’s tank in periodic intervals.
  • Make sure to take a break from driving at a rest stop, if feeling tired.
  • Do not use your mobile phone while driving.
  • Plan your journey and be aware of the distance to cover.
  • Be cautious when driving in extreme weather conditions like fog, sandstorm or rain.

Courtesy: khaleejtimes

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