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The Dubai Speeding Festival

The Dubai Speeding Festival

Alex McNabb is confused by the Dubai Police latest stipulation about the traffic fines discount and we couldn’t blame him.

September 12, 2011 3:49 by

Dubai Police have finally clarified the traffic fine discount story and confirmed to The National that a 30% discount on all motoring violations will be available for the coming three months to December 11th.

You have to pay all your fines at once and, you’ll note from the story ‘Police are working with the Ministry of Interior to allow people in other emirates to get their discount when paying Dubai fines’ – or, in other words, quite how this will work if you live in Abu Dhabi and want to get your discount.has yet to be quite worked out.

I have to confess to being a tad puzzled by this one. Cars here have to be registered annually, with a road-worthiness test and a registration process that involves you paying all outstanding fines. So if the police are giving a discount to encourage people to pay their outstanding fines, that must surely mean people aren’t actually registering their cars (because you can’t avoid paying the fines if you do register your car).

But then surely you just look out for people who aren’t displaying the up to date registration stickers on their car bumpers and nick ‘em if they’ve got no registration and outstanding fines. Even better, look up people who have registered vehicles and who haven’t renewed their registrations and then pay ‘em a house visit with a Black Maria in tow.

Anyway, the discount will reduce the ‘entry level’ traffic fine of Dhs700 to Dhs490, so you might as well make hay while the sun shines and cough up.

If this is successful we could maybe look forward to having an annual event. You could have fireworks and things, even raffle off a Lexus every day. Hell, you could even have a mascot! Speedhesh!

Originally published in Fake Plastics Souks

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  1. Sari on September 12, 2011 4:51 pm

    Maybe they are cash strapped and want the money urgently to buy some sorta bazooka speeding camera to install…

  2. Anshad on October 9, 2011 9:35 am

    The article does’nt reflect the truth. Fines are not implied just on cars. It will also be on License (If you meet an accident), for traffic violations (Like jumping red signal etc) which carries fines from even AED 100 up. The problem is, these fines if not paid up accrues a monthly delay charge of AED 10. Since it is on your Driver’s license, you wont know unless its time to renew your license which is – a long time. I have accrued AED 2000 plus on an original fine of AED 500 due to non-payment. Infact, it was not until recently that i came to know abt it anyway. So, a discount on that is always welcome..!


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