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Sharjah Police launch home impoundment of vehicles

Electronically tracked vehicles impounded for violations can now be kept on owners’ own premises

Image Credit: Courtesy: Sharjah Police
Sharjah Police officials inspect a car fitted with a tracking device, which will alert police if the car has moved while serving the impoundment period in the owner’s premises.
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Sharjah: Motorists can now keep their vehicles impounded on their own premises instead of police-designated impounding yards, say police.

Police on Wednesday rolled out the new service and said motorists whose vehicles are wanted for impounding for traffic law violations can now keep their vehicles parked at home to serve the impoundment period.

The service was launched by Lieutenant-General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’afar, undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, during his visit to Sharjah Police headquarters.

Sharjah Police said in a statement that to ensure impounded cars are not driven, a “small tracking device service will be installed inside the impounded car so that it alerts the police if the car has moved while serving the impoundment period”.

The motorist should promise not to drive the vehicle during the impoundment period.

Police will withdraw the vehicle’s plate numbers and the vehicle ownership until the impoundment period ends.

The vehicle will be wanted by all police departments during the period and the plate number will be listed in the police’s federal system.

The service will not cover serious offences and there will be consequential procedures for those who violate the impoundment terms, which may result in cancelling the home impoundment, with the car being confiscated by the police.

The launch ceremony was attended by Brigadier Saif Ziri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, in addition to a number of directors and senior police officers.

The new service comes as a part of the Ministry of Interior’s vision in concert with Sharjah Police’s efforts to improve the quality of services rendered to the public through adopting smart customer services according to the best international practices.

Lt-Gen Al Sha’afar also visited the new Sharjah Police operations room which is now equipped with the latest technology.