Dubai: Police have arrested a car owner who covered his licence plates to evade traffic fines.
The car, which had a GCC country plate, had part of the back and front plates obscured with thick white tape. The owner of the car has been referred to the public prosecution and the car has been impounded.
Police found the car near Naif, in front of the Hyatt Regency during one of their patrols.
Colonel Abdullah Khadim Al Mosam, Director of Naif Police Station, said that manipulating licence plates is a serious offence.
He added that a car with obstructed licence plates, involved in a fatal accident or hit and run, would be difficult to trace.
People usually manipulate number plates to evade traffic fines and trick speed cameras, Al Mosam explained.
He also urged motorists to avoid such methods as they become legally liable.
He said it is better to abide by traffic laws to maintain their own safety and that of others. The arrest was part of an ongoing campaign to maintain road safety, organised by Naif Police Station.
The campaign is also targeting bicycles owners who tie them to traffic signs as well as mopeds, as the drivers tend to drive against the flow of traffic and on the pavement, posing a threat to public safety.