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

Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi said: “This measure falls in line with the Federal Traffic Law number 21/1995. 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 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).”

Adding further, Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi said: "Overtaking on the hard shoulder of the road is a dangerous driving behavior 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 defense and police vehicles to ensure their timely arrival to accidents’ sites to provide aid and assistance in cases of emergency.”

Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi noted that the directorate has intensified traffic control on internal and external roads to capture hard shoulder motorists. This comes in line with a comprehensive campaign organized in coordination with the joint Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee to increase awareness on the risks of overtaking these lanes. "Driving on hard shoulder lanes or using them to overtake will obstruct traffic and hinder the humanitarian and urgent duties of emergency, ambulance, civil defense and police vehicles," he pointed out.

Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi also noted that hard shoulder overtaking violations issued by traffic patrols and the Traffic Investigation Section at the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate amounted to 4,930 violations, captured by radars and surveillance cameras on Abu Dhabi's internal and external roads during the past 4 months.

It is worth mentioning that radars and surveillance cameras on Abu Dhabi City's intersections capture hard should overtaking violations, in addition to red light signal jumping violations; incorrect use of traffic lanes; stopping vehicles on pedestrian crossing; exceeding speed limits; as well as violations by motorists who illegally overtake other vehicles at intersections, vehicles that make impermissible turns or U-turns to the left from the wrong lane.
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