SR150-SR300 fine for driving with child in one’s lap

SR150-SR300 fine for driving with child in one’s lap

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SR150-SR300 fine for driving with child in one’s lap

By Ahmed Al-Rubaie

RIYADH — Anyone found driving a vehicle with a child in his lap will be fined SR150-SR300, spokesman of the traffic department Col. Tariq Al-Rubaiaan has reiterated.

Driving with a child in your lap is a gross traffic violation, he said.
“If the offense is repeated, the driver will be sent to the traffic court for a harsher punishment,” Rubaiaan warned.

He also said that children under 10 years of age are strictly forbidden from sitting in the front seat.

In October this year, the Saudi authorities announced amendments to the traffic rules.

According to the new rules and regulations, the punishment and fines for traffic violations are:

Fine for using illegal car number plates is SR3,000.

Fine for running a red light is SR3,000-SR6,000.

Minimum fine for giving a vehicle registration card to any person is SR1,000.

Maximum fine for giving a vehicle registration card to any person is SR2,000.

Minimum fine for giving a driver’s license as a guarantee is SR1,000.

Maximum fine for giving a driver’s license as a guarantee is SR2,000.

Leaving the scene of an accident without informing the authorities can result in three months imprisonment or a SR10,000 fine or both.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Great gesture from the traffic department, however, the fine is very less as driving with a child in the lap may result in an instant injury to the child during hard braking or an accident. The minimum fine should be SR 5000. Also there should be fines for not putting the child in a child seat (from age 1 day till 4 years of age) or not securing a child (above the age of 4) with a seat belt.

  2. Having seen several instances of a child in the driver’s lap, I would think the fine should be far greater, since the possibility of causing an accident is absolutely enormous!

  3. What about the penalty for the child driving on his own?
    We have seen lots of children driving in Saudia, and hence the cases of accidents.

  4. This is nothing new. The laws need to be enforced. They also need to enforce the law aagainst child drivers. Little children driving huge suvs with a truckload of women. Stop these kids from getting behind the wheel in any manner.

  5. I request Director General Traffic Department to punnish the Traffic Police who spare/quit the Saudi People who double park but when any Foreigner
    double car park in urgent/emergency time they straight forwardly put penalty/fine to Foreigner Drivers while law should be same for all drivers.
    I also request Director General Traffic to not punish the Drivers who in urgent/emergency case double park their car for little period of time.

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