The Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate announced that it has set up a temporary yard at the Corniche Street in Abu Dhabi, in the area facing Hilton Hotel, in order to immediately confiscate cars that violate car decoration guidelines; as well as vehicles whose drivers cause chaos and disturbance; and those who fail to abide by  the ‘Spirit of the Union’, causing damage to public property by obscuring both front and rear plates, performing stunts on roads, impeding traffic flow and blocking roads.

Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, stressed that no leniency would be shown to anyone who breaks traffic laws. He added that the directorate would immediately seize and impound vehicles, whose drivers fail to abide by the laws and regulations and violate the meanings and indications   of this important national occasion.

Moreover, Al Harithi noted that a comprehensive plan will be applied to intensify control in all areas in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region and monitor traffic flow through surveillance cameras and radars located on all roads and in underground tunnels so as to capture any traffic violations during the national day celebrations. He added that strict control will be ensured through traffic patrols and Traffic Investigation’s civilian patrols in order to confiscate cars that break traffic laws and render all lawbreakers legally accountable.

Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi called on all segments of society to contribute efforts to support traffic safety during the National Day celebrations and to report traffic violations and dangerous behavior by motorists on all roads. He indicated that violations include any attempts to show-off and stunts with vehicles, reckless driving, overtaking on the hard shoulder of the road, jumping red light signals and other violations.

Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi also noted that the directorate will be receiving documented reports from the public about cases of traffic law violations, chaos, nuisance and violations of celebration guidelines committed by motorists through the Abu Dhabi e-Government application called City Guard. “The app enables users to take pictures of videos of the violation. It is necessary to indicate the number and type of vehicle, location and time of violation and the street where it took place,” he said. Moreover, he added that the reports will be handled with confidentiality without disclosing the identity of individuals who made them, to check their validity and take the appropriate measures.

“The directorate has set a list of guidelines on car decoration during the National Day celebrations. These guidelines state that drivers should avoid changing the color of vehicles, placing indecent stickers or posting of inappropriate and/or obscene words and phrases, picking up passengers that exceed the number of allowed passengers in the vehicle, leaning or standing outside of the windows, coloring the windshield, using spray paint on others, and exiting vehicles in the middle of the road. Failure to abide by these rules will result in the impounding of the vehicle for a month, in addition to a fine of Dh2,000 and 12 black points”, noted Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi.

He pointed out that the directorate will be implementing a comprehensive awareness campaign through various media. “The campaign will include distributing awareness-raising publications about the rules to celebrate the UAE 43rd National Day under the theme, ‘Let's Celebrate the Spirit of the Union without Violations’. This campaign aims to ensure that celebration is carried out in a befitting manner that is suitable for the level of the UAE’s modernity and development and maintain the safety of the public,” added Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi.

Additionally, Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi warned drivers against covering or obscuring the front or rear vehicle license plates, performing stunts or attempts to show-off with vehicles, impeding traffic flow, blocking the road, or being engaged in any activities that may create chaos and disturbance for other road users. Moreover, he warned drivers against attaching any noise-making accessories or devices to their.

It is worth mentioning that the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police has issued a list of the traffic violations that may be committed by motorists during the 43rd National Day festivities, along with the relevant penalties stipulated the UAE Traffic Federal Law. These violations are as follows:

1-    Using spray paint by the driver: punishable by Article (8) of the UAE Federal Traffic Law: ‘Driving recklessly or in a manner that endangers the public’. Failure to abide by these rules will result in the impounding the vehicle for a month, in addition to a fine of Dh 2,000 and 12 black points. “

2-    Using spray paint by the passenger: the violator will be slapped with a fine of Dh 400 plus 4 black points.

3-    Equipping vehicles with additions that impede visibility and compromise safety (e.g. installing a flag): a Dh 500 fine.

4-    Carrying more than the permitted number of passengers will entail a Dh 200 fine and 3 black points.

5-    Passengers leaning or standing outside of the windows or sunroof of the car: A Dh 400 fine and 4 black points.

6-    Carrying passengers in areas not intended for passengers (Pick-up or sunroof of car) will entail immediate impounding the vehicle for 7 days, in addition to a fine of Dh 200 and 3 black points

7-    Equipping vehicles with additions (Headers, filters, sound amplifiers): impounding the vehicle for a month, in addition to a Dh 500 fine.

8-    Coloring the windshield or driver’s side window: impounding the vehicle for a month, in addition to a Dh 500 fine.

9-    Getting out of the vehicle on the road or parking the vehicle on the highway with the engine running: a Dh 500 fine and 4 black points.

10-    Random parades or processions: Dh 500 fine

11-    Throwing garbage on the highway: impounding the vehicle for a month, in addition to a fine of Dh 500 and 4 black points.

12-    Obscuring the front or rear vehicle license plates: a Dh 200 fine and 3 black points.

13-    Spinning the wheels of the vehicle: impounding the vehicle for a month, in addition to a fine of Dh1000 and 12 black points.

14-    Altering or changing completely the vehicle’s color (Full car decoration): a Dh 400 fine.

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