Saudi Arabia points system for traffic violations

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pedestrians_q6The goal of Saudi Arabia Points System for traffic violations is to reduced the traffic incidence in the Kingdom.

According to the report published on ARAB NEWS, the Saudi Arabia Points System policy for traffic violations will help reduce traffic violations up to 90 percent. The Saudi Arabia traffic department stated that imposing penalties alone to traffic violators was not effective because reckless drivers will simply pay for the fines and then will go back on the road and repeat the same violations again. With this new policy, violators license may be revoked temporarily or permanently if continuously violating traffic rules.

How Saudi Arabia Point System Works?

In pursuant to this Saudi Arabia Points System policy for traffic violations, aside from cash penalties, a certain point will be registered to the drivers record every time it commit violations. These points will be accumulated to the drivers record up to one year and if it reaches 24 points, license will be suspended as follows:

  1. First offence. If the violator got (24) points for the first time within one Hijri year, the driver’s licence will be revoked for three months.
  2. Second offence. If the violator got (24) points for the second time within one Hijri year, the driver’s licence will be revoked for six months.
  3. Third offence. If the violator got (24) points for the third time within one Hijri year, the driver’s licence will be revoked for one year.
  4. 4th offence. If the violator reaches (24) points for the fourth time within one Hijri year, the driver’s licence will be revoked permanently.

 The points is based on the nature of the violations and the danger it represents to the traffic safety.

Table of traffic violations in Saudi Arabia
Number Violations Points
1 Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 24
2 Drift driving or Drifting (Tafheeth) 24
3 Beating the red light 12
4 Counter flow or driving in opposite direction 12
5 Swerving or zigzag driving on public roads 8
6 Non-compliance to the policeman’s instruction on the road 8
7 Driving the vehicle without brakes or lights 8
8 Not stopping at the stop sign 6
9 Failure to observe the rules of preference, i.e. right-of-way 6
10 Exceeding the specified speed limit by more than 25 km per hour 6
11 Not giving priority to vehicles within the roundabout 6
12 Overtaking an prohibited areas 6
13 Stopping on the railroads 6
14 Exceeding the specified speed limit but not more than 25 km per hour 4
15 Driving on unauthorized lanes. 4
16 Driving beyond the school bus stops or specified loading and unloading areas 4
17 Not covering or securely tying up back loads (For trucks) 4
18 Vehicle modification without following proper procedures 4
19 Failure to use seat belt 2
20 Texting while driving 2
21 Not wearing helmet while driving motorcycles 2

NOTE: If you are planning to get a license in the Kingdom, you may read this: Points to consider when getting driver’s license in Saudi Arabia

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