Vehicles can be impounded once accrued traffic fines cross Dh7,000.
Two motorists have accrued traffic fines totalling Dh2.6 million in Abu Dhabi, it was revealed today.
One driver accumulated fines worth Dh1.4 million, while the other, Dh1.2 million, a top Abu Dhabi Police official said.
Brigadier General Salem Abdullah Al Dhaheri, Deputy Director of the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, said the errant drivers were detected by radars and cameras across various Abu Dhabi roads.
It was not revealed if the fines have been paid.
Al Dhaheri noted that until the Law No. 5 of 2020 on the impoundment of vehicles in the emirate of Abu Dhabi was issued in September, the police could not impound a vehicle even if the value of the violations recorded against it exceeded Dh1 million in fines, except when the car’s annual registration was being renewed.
“According to the new impoundment policy, when traffic fines exceed Dh7,000, the vehicle can now be seized. Impounded vehicles left unclaimed for three months will be auctioned off,” said the official.
The new policy also listed out a number of offences punishable by impoundment as well as fines of up to Dh50,000.
Al Dhaheri made the comments during a remote lecture on road safety organised by the Councils Affairs Office in the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.
Al Dhaheri also mentioned that six major violations, including sudden change of lanes, speeding, jumping red traffic lights, not giving priority to pedestrians, not leaving enough safe distance between vehicles, and reckless driving accounted for 48 per cent of the total number of serious accidents recorded in the emirate from 2017 to 2020. There were 2,703 major accidents that resulted in 215 deaths during that period.
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