Motorists with minor traffic offences won’t be fined in Ramadan

Dubai Police asked motorists to sign obligation letter instead of issuing traffic ticket

Gulf News

Dubai: Motorists who committed minor traffic offences in Ramadan were asked to sign obligation letters instead of getting traffic tickets, Dubai Police said on Saturday.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, commander in chief of Dubai police, said they distributed flyers and notes to motorists who were caught committing minor traffic offences and were asked to sign obligation letter in a step to raise awareness among drivers.

“Instead of issuing traffic fine to a motorist who committed a minor offence, we hand over notes and flyers to them and ask them to sign on an obligation letter that they won’t repeat the offence again. It’s an initiative only during this Ramadan,” Maj-Gen Al Merri said.

The initiative came as part of the Year of Giving, which was launched this year by UAE’s President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department in Dubai police, said the initiative will trigger the motorists to follow traffic instructions by giving them a second chance instead of paying a traffic fine.

“Police is not only a security department but it is also a partner in happiness for all motorists. This initiative will only be during Ramadan and drivers must follow traffic rules,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said.

However, the initiative will be only for motorists committing minor traffic fines.

The obligation letter contain name of the driver and nationality with all car details and few sentence that the signed person will follow the traffic rules and respect others rights.

A note in the letter warns the driver that the fine can be registered if he/she repeated the offence or broke the traffic law.

“Drivers must avoid any traffic offence even if it’s a minor one. We want safer and better roads,” he added.

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List of minor traffic offences:

-using phone when driving

-Expired car registration

-Blocking the traffic

-stop in the middle of the road without reason

-not wearing seatbelt

-Drive a vehicle at night without lights-

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