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‘No travel ban on traffic offenders’

Official denies reports of people with fines being detained at Dubai airport or land borders

  • By Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, Staff Reporter, XPRESS
  • Published: 21:47 August 29, 2012

  • Image Credit: Supplied
  • Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director of General Traffic Department of Dubai Police

DUBAI: A senior police official has denied reports of travellers being detained at Dubai International Airport or at the land borders due to unpaid traffic fines.

Major General Mohammad Saif Al Zafein, Director General of the Traffic Department of Dubai Police, told XPRESS: “There is no such law… a driver can travel from one country to another regardless of the amount [of traffic fines] he owes us.”

The official dismissed reports of a travel ban on people with unpaid traffic fines “as mere rumours reported as fact”.

“It is not true that there’s a quota of fines by which a driver will be prevented from travelling abroad until he’s paid his dues in full,” he said.

The official stated the case of a Saudi man who racked up Dh300,000 in fines in the UAE in 2011 and was allowed to leave the country. His case is neither the first nor the last.


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Until April (the latest official police data available), nearly 4,000 people in the UAE had accumulated over Dh10,000 in traffic fines. Of that, about 300 offenders accumulated more than Dh40,000 in fines.

Dubai Police also listed top ten offenders who had over Dh1 million in traffic fines between them. Eight of them are Emiratis. Four of the top 10 are women. The leading offender, an Emirati woman in her twenties, racked up Dh134,040 in traffic fines as of April.

Her car has been confiscated. Most of her 218 offences were for speeding.


Another official of the Dubai Traffic Department said they had devised a system to deal with repeat offenders. “If a driver registers 24 black points for the first time, we withdraw his licence for three months. If he/she registers 24 points the second time, the licence is taken away for six months. If he/she repeats the offence a third time, his/her licence is revoked and he will be banned from driving for a year. After that, he has to apply for a new driver’s licence.”

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  1. Added 18:53 August 30, 2012

    The Sharjah Transport Athority gave me a fine of Dh5,000 , even though I had not committed any voilation. A few months ago, traffic police stoped me while i was going to Abu Dhabi. My tyre was punctured and I was asking a many about tyre shops. Just then the cops came and asked me for my licence, and issued me a Dh5,000 fine. Today, when I checked, the same is showing as Dh10,000. I was shocked. Can anyone tell me what I can do? I think they were under the impression I was picking up a passenger, when I was talking to that man.

    Iqbal, UAQ, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:40 August 30, 2012

    Will there be any gifts/bonus for those who don't make any or the least fines?

    SHAIJU FRANCIS, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:59 August 30, 2012

    The government has the right to detain those with traffic fines against their name. And I will strongly recomend implementation of such a rule if there is no such law - its not a bad idea to detain peoples when they are leaving country. This law will help bring more control on traffic and will help save many human lives.

    Muhammad Siddique, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:21 August 30, 2012

    Okay now this is getting intresting because the major General Saif Al Zafein have clearly mentioned that there is no Travel ban for traffice offenders. But when people approch at Immegration department for the cancelation of their visa, immegration checks for any dues with the traffic deparnment and telecomunication departments . they only cancel the visa is they get an all-clear from both these departments.

    Nisham Bin Muhammad, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 08:20 August 30, 2012

    If people have accumulated traffic fines, it means that they're bad drivers. The priority should be to stop them driving, not the fines.

    Anthony Wilkinson, Dubai, United Arab Emirates