UAE | Traffic and Transport

Grace period to renew expired vehicle registrations in UAE

Both civilian and military patrols will take part in issuing fines and impounding vehicles with expired registrations

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 00:00 April 25, 2010
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  • A new rule implemented beginning this week authorises police officers to issue traffic violation fines and impound vehicles with expired registration.
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Abu Dhabi: Motorists with expired registrations are urged to renew them to avoid their vehicle's being immediately impounded if they are caught by police.

The grace period for renewing expired registrations have been extended until June this year starting from May 1.

Abu Dhabi Police had launched a campaign to crack down on expired registrations.

Vehicles with expired registrations will be impounded as part of the campaign.

The Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrol Department extended the grace period after many car owners requested a longer time to re-register their vehicles.


This initiative comes to help the procedure of renewing registrations and cut the crowds expected at Adnoc vehicle testing centres.

Colonel Hussain Ahmad Al Harithi, Director of the Traffic and Patrol Department said he hoped all drivers and vehicle owners will make use of the extended time given to them for renewing their registrations and pay their fines.

He urged them to not to postpone renewal procedures until the last days of the extension period.

Colonel Al Harithi said that after this grace period no exemptions will be made and traffic patrols will be intensified on both external and city roads in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western Region.

Both civilian and military patrols will take part in issuing fines and impounding vehicles with expired registrations.

Violating vehicle owners will be impounded immediately, including any vehicle which is over one month after its registration renewal date.

Colonel Al Harithi asked all drivers to carry their driving license and car registrations, as any driver not carrying these documents will be given a violation ticket and may be delayed temporarily with his vehicle until the papers are produced.

Colonel Al Harithi also explained that all traffic campaigns are for enhancing traffic safety for all, and that the cooperation of the public with the police will make roads safer.

Will you be renewing your registration during the grace period? What was your reason for putting it off?

Comments (4)

  1. Added 13:20 April 25, 2010

    Great that the authoritys have given a grace period to renew our vehicles. there will be so many people out there tryin to jump out of work after their busy schedules to renew their vehicles. I feel that this rule is implemented for the enhancing traffic safety so we just have to co operate. Most of us wait till the end as we are afraid of paying of the fines thinking whether the license or car wil be towed away. i never delay any of my registration nor fines as i pay the fines online so its just the renewal part that has to be done which i feel is more quick these days. Police patrols have to monitor roads and do suprise checks on drivers who are driving with expired registration.

    Mathew Litty, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 10:51 April 25, 2010

    Thanks to RTA, in Dubai it takes only minutes to renew the registration.

    Saqeer S. V., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:13 April 25, 2010

    It's about time the police cracked down on illegal drivers there are too many on UAE roads and personally, I would not give them any grace period.

    Peter, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 09:36 April 25, 2010

    Just 3 points to make. 1. Surely by extending the grace period for vehicles without renewed registration possibly for months if not years, is very unfair to those who have renewed on time and have had to pay a little extra for having been a few days late even. We took time from our busy schedules, in fact i personally had to take annual leave from work to get it done. 2. Why is this year different from previous years. I mean renew registration and insurance is always very important, but it seems like this year it's become more important. 3. To those complaining about having to renew insurance and registration, I say to you, name one country where this is not law,Just 3 points to make. In fact in the U.A.E. you have it easier in a way as you are covered for 13 months but pay for 12.

    Moheedal Rahman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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