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Long-awaited seatbelt law comes into force in 'near future', says head of UAE Federal Traffic Council.

Seatbelt law will come into force soon, says General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen

TheCehead of the UAECeFederal Traffic Council has said that a new law on seatbelts will come into force in the "near future".

The long-awaited law, which has been mooted for several years, is expected to make it mandatory for everyone in the back to buckle up, including children.

7DAYS asked General Mohammad Saif Al Zafeen, the head of council, which oversees traffic policing in the UAE, for a timetable on when the law would be implemented after road safety campaigner Lesley Cully announced earlier this week that she was shutting down her Buckle Up in the Back campaign.

After four years of fighting for a new law to force parents to restrain their children safely while in a car, Cully said it had become "mentally, financially and physically exhausting".

She also said that she was "devastated" that the campaign had not witnessed the introduction of a new law.

Al Zafeen said that the federal council has been reviewing the draft law, which would come into force after receiving presidential approval.

"It's really very important to use child car seats and rear seat belts to protect children and passengers,"Cehe said. "A number of authorities have been reviewing the federal traffic law on this and I believe it will be made mandatory in the very near future."

Al Zafeen added that they have made a recommendation to the Ministry of Interior that the driver of the vehicle be fined if a rear passenger is not wearing a seatbelt.

"The law will be a Dhs400 fine and four traffic points," he said.

"We need to reduce casualties on the roads and not wearing a seatbelt causes many deaths on UAE roads. We will have the law soon."

And Al Zafeen urged people to wear a seatbelt in the back regardless of when the law comes in.

At present, it is only law that front-seat passengers buckle up.

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