Dubai: Motorists can now get their car registration renewed at selected insurance company offices, said a senior official at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
"The RTA has entered into an agreement with five selected insurance companies it calls ‘Trusted Agents' giving them the authority to renew vehicle registration for their customers," said Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the RTA's Licensing Agency.
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This means that when a motorist goes to renew his vehicle insurance at one of the five approved insurers, he can also get his car registration renewed at the same place without visiting vehicle licensing departments or Tasjeel centres.
The motorist, however, has to get the vehicle tested and get the vehicle pass test report from Tasjeel or other authorised vehicle test centres. However, a vehicle test report is not required any more for vehicles up to three years old.
"The new service has been launched in line with the Agency's strategic plan to introduce more online services and provide more facilities to its customers," he told a press conference yesterday.
The five insurance companies approved by the RTA for carrying out car registration are Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance, Fujairah Insurance, Oman Insurance, AXA Insurance and Noor Takaful Insurance.
"The new service will also help reduce long queues and waiting time at the RTA's licensing centres. The vehicle registration renewal service is the single largest transaction service done by the Licensing Agency as more than one million vehicles are registered in Dubai and their registrations have to be renewed every year," said Behroozian.
An average of around 2,700 vehicle registrations are renewed every day. The announcement was made in a press conference held on Tuesday morning.
Behroozian said insurance companies would not charge any extra for this service. Also, they will be authorised to collect traffic fines if there are any from their customers.
Every insurance company will be able to apply for registration for its own customer and not from any other insurance company, he explained.
Insurance companies representatives who were also present at the function thanked the RTA for trusting their services. They said that they would soon announce the launch of the new services at their premises.
Karl Gray, Director of personal lines at the Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance, told Gulf News that his company would launch the vehicle registration service next week.
"We will launch the service with a special offer for our customers during Ramadan as we will renew registration cards free of cost for the first 300 customers," he added.
The normal renewal fee is Dh380.