UAE authorities have reminded the public it is illegal to drive someone’s car without permission.
The United Arab Emirates is a country that is a melting pot of different cultures and welcomes people from different corners of the world. The cosmopolitan nature of the country demands a uniform set of traffic rules which needs to be followed strictly to provide seamless and smooth traffic conditions.
Prosecutors said offenders could be fined Dh10,000 ($2,723) or jailed for up to a year.
In an official tweet, the Public Prosecution said that, according to Article 394 of the Penal Code, anyone caught driving someone’s vehicle without permission would be penalised.
The Public Prosecution said that according to Article 51 of Federal Law No. 21 of 1995 regarding traffic and its amendments, those who drive without a licence could be liable to a fine of up to Dh50,000 and/or up-to three months in jail.
The statement comes within the Public Prosecution’s ongoing campaign to enhance the legal culture within society. The campaign also aims to spread the culture of law as a way of life.
On Saturday, Abu Dhabi Police said more than 27,000 fines were given to drivers in the Emirate in the first six months of the year for “distracted driving”.
While driving taking calls and checking messages, along with looking around to talk to passengers, were among the offences that led to Dh800 fines being issued.
“According to statistics and analytical studies, distracted driving is among the most dangerous offences, as it may lead to serious injuries and even cost lives,” Abu Dhabi Police’s traffic directorate said.
Last week, the force said it fined 770 drivers for running noisy vehicles in 2021, including many owners who deliberately adjusted their vehicles to be as loud as possible.