Muslim drivers to pay heavy fines for praying on side of roads

Muslim drivers to pay heavy fines for praying on side of roads

Abu Dhabi (Web Desk): Police in Emirate of Abu Dhabi have announced that drivers who stop their vehicles in undesignated places on the highways to pray will face a fine of Dh1,000 (about $272), according to Gulf News newspaper.


The measure is part of a campaign launched by the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police to raise awareness among motorists about the danger of offering prayers in undesignated places.

Deputy director of the city’s traffic department Salah Abdullah Al Humairi pointed out that devoted drivers could use mosques at a wide variety of locations. He said prayer facilities could be found at roadside restrooms, petrol stations and residential areas. There was, therefore, no need for any driver to risk their own safety and that of other road users by stopping in undesignated places to pray, he said.

Under an amended traffic law, stopping a vehicle on a junction or corner or failing to take safety precautions in the event of a breakdown are both punishable by a 500 AED ($136) fine. Parking in a way that endangers other people can attract a fine of 400 AED ($108) Officers were particularly concerned about bus drivers leaving their large vehicles in inappropriate places for passengers to get out and pray.