We’ve all been there before: you’re walking back to your car, and you spot a fat shiny ticket on your windshield. And yet, you thought you were legally parked. Or, you’re driving as responsibly as possible. You’re not multitasking, you’re not on your phone, your seatbelt is on, you’re alert. Then, in the blink of an eye, you’re asked to pull over. A police officer kindly, and sometimes not so kindly, explains that you were actually breaking a Lebanese traffic law. It’s time to put an end to all the confusion.
This article breaks down the Lebanese traffic laws you might know, or not know about. Take a look, so that you could spend your money on something enjoyable, not fines!
Fines are divided into 5 main categories. The value of the fine depends on the time it takes the violator to pay it. If payments of the fines featured in the following 1 to 4 categories are not met within 30 days, referral to a judge may take place. And hold on! Fines are not limited to you drivers. Pedestrians are also subject to fines if they do not respect roads signs, cross roads, or traffic lights.
Bicycles and cyclists not wearing a helmet nor using side mirrors.
Having cars with tinted glass (fumee)
Not using a car seat for children below 5
Children below 10 sitting on the front seat
Having children under the age of 10 ride with you on a motorcycle
Not using the light at all times when on a motorcycle or ATV
Driving without a seatbelt
Riding a motorcycle without a helmet
Using a mobile phone while driving
Construction sites not respecting safety laws and regulations
Not giving pedestrians, people with disabilities or children the right to pass
Running a red traffic light
Doing dangerous maneuvers and stunts
Committing a hit and run
Not having insurance
Driving on one wheel or standing on a motorcycle
Using radar detection methods or speeding
In addition to the above, people driving under the influence or disregarding speed limitations are subject to fines and penalties depending on the level of intoxication, the speed and severity caused.
Any car plate alteration will cost you between 3 months to 3 years in jail plus a fine that can go from 2 million to 20 million LBP.
So think twice before you start shaving numbers off your car plate to make it look cooler!
We will always encourage responsible driving and behavior on the road. However, it would be quite dishonest to deny that we have all been guilty of breaking one of these laws at some point. Upon reading this article, did you discover that you are breaking laws you didn’t know about? Have you ever been caught and paid a huge fine? We want to know! Also help out the community by sharing with us any upcoming or implemented laws that we may have missed.