Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces,  on Friday instructed the Ministry of Interior to reduce traffic fines across the UAE by 50 per cent.

On his Twitter page, Shaikh Mohammad has directed the Ministry of Interior to coordinate with traffic departments to implement it.

Earlier, in celebration of the UAE’s 46th National Day, Abu Dhabi Police announced a reduction in fines for traffic offences and for confiscated vehicles by 50 per cent for the period between August 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017.

Motorists can pay the reduced fines from December 2 and this offer will be valid for 60 days.

The 50 per cent waiver is applicable to all traffic violations registered in the emirate of Abu Dhabi between August 1, 2016 and December 1 this year.

The waiver will not be applicable for violations committed after December 1, the police clarified.

Major-General Mohammad Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, said, “The fine reduction is one of Abu Dhabi Government’s plans under the Year of Giving 2017. This drive aims to spread the culture of road safety and encourage motorists to obey traffic rules.