Traffic violators stuck in UAE
As we hear of the Bangladeshi woman who accumulated over AED 200,000 worth of traffic fines, the Police announces that nobody can leave the UAE until payment is made
August 15, 2012 2:15 by M. Aldalou
Every time that Kipp begins to believe that additional police patrols, stricter regulations, more radars and awareness campaigns will do the trick, we are proven wrong. While many agree that the strategies and efforts of the Dubai Police department aimed at curbing the accident rate as well as inject discipline into the driving culture deserve applaud, the sad fact remains that as loud as their awareness screams are; they continue to fall on deaf ears.
As media headlines of a Bangladeshi woman grasp the attention of the residents, they start to wonder what the fate of a person would be if they managed, as she did, to accumulate AED 200,000 worth of traffic fines. The astonishing part is that those fines were accumulated in three months, so in theoretical terms, she would have committed approximately AED 2,300 worth of violations per day. At this point, many point their fingers at the Police authority, insisting that they do not have an efficient communication system that alerts the violator instantly and because many refuse to believe that someone would rack up 257 traffic fines while having complete understanding of their violations.
Regardless of her intentions, as she topped the chart of the highest ranked traffic violator in the UAE, it brings us to the matter of consequence. The Dubai Police have announced that violators with outstanding fine payments will be banned from traveling outside the country. So, if you are calculating your savings’ plan to leave the UAE, bare in mind what you might owe in traffic violations as well.
Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Dubai’s traffic department said that the woman will not be able to leave the country but did not elaborate further in terms of what the next move would be in, what you would hope is, a unique situation like this.
“She will not face any case, but her vehicle will be in detention and her file will be frozen, and she will not be able to leave the country,” he said. Naturally this announcement, although not entirely fresh, has prompted the probing of this regulation, but not particularly pertaining to the Bangladeshi woman’s case but to others as well. Many wonder how people made redundant with plans to leave the UAE will be able reside in the country long enough to pay whatever outstanding fines they have back.
In spite of the tragic situation that some motorists find themselves in when faced with hundreds of thousands worth of unpaid fines, Kipp does condone the fact that laws were made for a reason and that they need to be followed. Although, we can’t help but question how a motorist was allowed to accumulate such a ridiculously large amount of fines before the Police department intervened. Why is there no direct communication system to alert a driver every single time they commit a violation and why is there no fine limit that, if exceeded, the motorist’s car would be impounded?