Dubai motorists, beware! Blocking traffic on the fast lane could get you in serious trouble.
Police officials have issued a warning to drivers not to drive slowly on the furthest left lane. Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of Dubai Traffic Police, was reported as saying in Gulf News that most rear-ending accidents happen because of speed differences between vehicles. Fast drivers suddenly encountering slow cars may not be able to stop in time.
Instead, slower drivers should stay on the right lanes, where the speed limit is 60km/h or 70km/h.
Col Al Mazroui explained that the fast lane is made for emergencies, and all drivers should give way to other vehicles, even if they are exceeding the speed limit. If they do not, slow drivers can incur a fine of Dhs200.
The police chief also warned faster drivers of tailgating and flashing their headlights. This, he said, confuses other drivers and may also lead to accidents. Drivers should only sound the horn once to warn others. If they do not give way, the driver should change lanes.
Drivers found tailgating will be fined Dhs500 for reckless driving, and their vehicle will be confiscated for one month. Drivers not leaving a safe distance will also be fined Dhs400, and will receive four black traffic points.