Saudi Arabian Traffic Violations and the Fines they Come with

Saudi Arabian traffic violations fall under 4 main categories; with category 1 denoting the most serious of violations and category 4 representing the least.

The fines allotted to each category vary according to the violation. We have selected some of the most common violations and the fines associated with them. The fines presented here are as reported by the official website of the Ministry of Interior.

Category 1: SR 500 to SR 900

Or vehicle in custody plus the fine

  • Driving a vehicle without a driving license

  • Driving a vehicle without number plates (vehicle will be kept in custody until settlement of violation)

  • Adding equipment, like those used in official and emergency vehicles, to the car (vehicle will be kept in custody until violation is settled)

  • Not stopping at the red light

  • Driving on the opposite direction

  • Exceeding the speed limit by more than 25 km/h

  • Driving a vehicle inside tunnels without lights

Category 2: SR 300 to SR 500

Or vehicle in custody plus the fine

  • Driving a vehicle that pollutes the environment on public roads (vehicle will be kept in custody until violation is settled)

  • Exceeding the speed limit by not more than 25 km/h

  • Tampering with traffic regulation signs

  • Not stopping at check points

  • Refusing to present driver’s or vehicle’s identifying papers when required by authorities

  • Using an expired license

Category 3: SR 150 to SR 300

  • Not presenting vehicle for periodic technical inspections

  • Breaching rules by using strong lights

  • Driving without carrying the driving license or vehicle registration license

  • Not wearing seat belts

  • Using a cell phone while driving

  • Misusing vehicle’s horn

Category 4: SR 100 to SR 150

  • Throwing objects outside moving vehicles

  • Parking in places assigned for people with special needs (without falling under this category)

  • Absence of an insurance policy

In addition to the above, the cabinet has approved new proposals to increase the traffic fines for drifting; it now reaches a fine of SR 20,000 and first-time drifters and will be referred to court. In addition to that, their vehicles will be impounded for 15 days.

A second-time repeater of the violation will be fined SR 40,000 and referred to court. The vehicle will be impounded for a month. If the violation is committed for a third time, the driver will have to pay a fine of SR 60,000 and the vehicle will be confiscated.

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