The Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate seized 20,000 vehicles with expired registrations on internal and external roads in the emirate during the past five months. Such unregistered vehicles may pose a tremendous risk to other drivers and road users, because they have not been properly maintained and have not passed the annual safety tests conducted when registering vehicles.

Lt. Colonel Mohammed Salem Al Shehhi, Chief of the Traffic Control Section at the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate, stressed that the Section has intensified monitoring on various roads to apprehend motorists who are caught driving their vehicles with expired registration cards. “Vehicles with expired registration become liable to defects as they get older with no maintenance carried to keep them roadworthy, hence posing a tremendous risk to other road users,” added Lt. Colonel Al Shehhi. It is noteworthy that drivers found to be driving with expired registration will be fined Dh400 on the spot. Moreover, driving a vehicle without the proper permission from the competent licensing authority is punishable by an AED 200 fine and vehicle impoundment for a period of 7 days.

Lt. Colonel Al Shehhi urged all motorists to comply with traffic laws and regulations and to renew their vehicle’s registration on time, because violations are punishable by law and violators will be held accountable.  He added: “Motorists will be given a month to renew the vehicle’s registration card, make sure it is roadworthy, and that it doesn’t pose a risk to the driver and other road users.”

Adding further, Chief of the Traffic Control Section at the ADP Traffic and Patrols Directorate indicated that the UAE traffic law stipulates several sanctions for unfit commercial vehicles, including driving a vehicle that causes pollution, punishable by a fine of AED 500; vehicle unfit for driving, punishable by a fine of AED 200 in addition to vehicle confiscation  for seven days; driving with tires in poor condition punishable by a fine of AED 200 and vehicle confiscation for seven days; broken lights punishable by a fine of AED 200 and 6 black points; broken indicator lights, punishable by a fine of AED 100 and two black points; and driving a noisy vehicle, punishable by a fine of AED 500 and vehicle confiscation for 30 days.

In conclusion, Lt. Colonel Al Shehhi encouraged motorist to make sure that their vehicles are safe and roadworthy. “The Ministry of Interior has dedicated significant attention to the serviceability of all vehicles through technical inspection, which is the essential requirement for issuance of a registration card,” he pointed out. He also reiterated the directorate’s commitment to intensify traffic control during the upcoming period to apprehend violators, noting that the Traffic Police “seeks neither pleasure nor financial profit by issuing traffic violations.” he noted: “Traffic control is the best way to deter bad driving demonstrated by some motorists, and motivates them to abide by laws and regulations put forth to ensure their safety.”

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