Dubai Police have cleared up confusion over the new scheme to discount fines for drivers – and it’s good news.
The initiative offers to cut fines if motorists drive carefully for a number of months.
However, drivers raised concerns that this clashed with the Roads and Transport Agency’s (RTA) requirement for them to clear all fines before re-registering their cars.
Launched in February 2019, the scheme offers discounts of between 25 and 100 per cent to drivers who keep a clean sheet.
So far, 457,154 people have seen their financial penalties cut by a quarter.
Dubai Police chief, major general Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, says: “We have coordinated with the Roads and Transport Authority to allow individuals to renew their vehicle’s registration automatically regardless of accumulated fines or any periods of confiscation imposed on vehicles, or offences committed. We want the public to benefit from the discount initiative.”
He adds: “Individuals can go to registration centres and decide whether or not to pay traffic fines immediately. Individuals can choose the amount of fines they want to clear. However, if they don’t commit a traffic offence, they don’t have to pay anything till February 2020.” That should give us enough time to save the cash!
FYI, parking and Salik fines aren’t included – you’ll still need to pay off those – and company or rental vehicles aren’t covered.
According to the force, during the incentive’s first quarter, 43,947 accidents were reported, compared to 48,247 during the same period in the previous year. The total number of deaths was 20, down on 29 in 2018, and the vehicles seized decreased by 19 per cent.