New Dh3,000 emergency service fine to come into force on Monday

Motorists found to impede ambulances or police will be handed the penalty

A Dh3,000 fine for failing to give way to emergency services is to come into force on July 1, Abu Dhabi police said on Sunday.

The new penalty, announced earlier this month, aims to improve road and traffic safety.

Motorists found to have impeded ambulances, police or firefighters will also have their cars impounded for a month and receive six points on their licence. The new fine triples the existing penalty of Dh1,000.

Abu Dhabi Police stressed that giving way to emergency vehicles was critical to improving response times to accidents.

In Dubai, about 120 drivers are fined each year for failing to get out of the way quickly enough, according to official figures.

“Impeding the movement of emergency vehicles can prevent or delay ambulances getting to the injured in good time,” Abu Dhabi Police said in a statement.