Harsh penalties for overtaking on hard shoulder

ABU DHABI: Brigadier Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, has warned motorists that they will face severe penalties for overtaking on the hard shoulder of the road.

Brigadier Al Harithi said, “This measure falls in line with Federal Traffic Law no. 21 of 1995. According to this, any violation of the provisions of the law such as overtaking on the hard shoulder is punishable by up to 1 month’s imprisonment according to article 57 of the Traffic Law, and incurs 10 black points; six points for overtaking on the hard shoulder and four points for not giving way to emergency, police and public service vehicles.” He added, “Overtaking on the hard shoulder of the road is dangerous driving behaviour that poses a risk to people’s lives.

The hard shoulder was designed to be used in cases of emergency and accidents and should be left free for ambulances transporting sick and injured people, in addition to civil defence and police vehicles to ensure their timely arrival to accident sites to provide aid and assistance in cases of emergency.” Brigadier Al Harithi noted that the directorate has intensified traffic control on internal and external roads to capture hard shoulder offenders. This comes in line with a comprehensive campaign organised in coordination with the joint Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee to increase awareness on the risks of overtaking these lanes.

Radar and surveillance cameras on Abu Dhabi City’s intersections capture hard shoulder overtaking violations, in addition to red light signal jumping violations, incorrect use of traffic lanes, stopping vehicles on pedestrian crossings, exceeding speed limits, as well as violations by motorists who illegally overtake other vehicles at intersections, vehicles that make illegal turns or u-turns to the left from the wrong lane.