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Police launch awareness campaign against leaving car engines running

Campaign aims to reduce car thefts in Sharjah

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 18:22 January 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: Motorists in Sharjah will face a fine of Dh300 if they leave their car engines running.

Sharjah Police launched an awareness campaign on Wednesday against drivers leaving their engines running when not in their cars.

The campaign kicked off targeting motorists in the Eastern Region of Sharjah and will last for two weeks.

The new drive comes as part of a wide campaign launched by Sharjah Police in September 2012 in a bid to curb the practice of leaving car engines running while motorists are not in the car.

Police will impose a traffic fine of Dh300 according to the traffic law No.26 issued by Ministry of Interior. The move is aimed at reducing car thefts and avoiding accidents.

Sharjah Police said that there are lots of reasons behind car theft and leaving engines running makes it easy for thieves.

Comments (1)

  1. Added 14:15 January 10, 2013

    I perfectly agree with the fact leaving a car engine running,doors unlocked and unattended invites a fine. But if you have family and need to get some stuffs urgently, cannot find a nearer parking space or any emergency purpose, it is not logical to take the family along with you. I KNOW All VEHICLES CAN BE LOCKED FROM THE INSIDE. So, they can lock from inside and be safe. Now the weather is in our favor, but when summer comes, it will be absolutely illogical to switch off your vehicle, leave your family inside and lock the car. Our authorities should seriously consider reviewing the laws and not cause distress and frustration by applying the law uniformly.

    sos, Duabi, United Arab Emirates

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