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Sheikh Mohammed exempts impounding of vehicles in minor traffic violations


Sheikh Mohammed exempts impounding of vehicles in minor traffic violations

Vehicles of drivers involved in minor traffic offences will no longer be impounded.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered authorities concerned to exempt drivers who have committed minor traffic offences from vehicle impoundment, provided they do not have a history of major traffic violations.

Sheikh Mohammed also ordered the release of vehicles that have completed half of the impoundment period.

The Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police also said that vehicle impoundment is a penalty aimed at preventing dangerous driving. He said reckless driving, racing on the road, and jumping red light are dangerous offences that do not fall under the purview of the new order.

When a car is impounded:

  • Street racing.
  • Driving with an expired license.
  • Accumulating an overwhelming amount of traffic fines.

Earlier, the traffic violators who have their cars impounded now have the option to bail them out, according to a Traffic Police Official.

By paying Dh100 for each day of confiscation, motorists can release their car from the Confiscated Cars Section.

Most vehicles are confiscated for traffic violations, especially jumping the red light, which entails a weeklong confiscation. More serious violations require up to three months in the police yard.

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